This image provided by Lockheed Martin shows the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD missile being launched from a mobile launcher at Kauai's Pacific Missile Range Facility Wednesday June 25, 2008. The U.S. military's ground-based missile defense system destroyed a missile launched from an airplane Wednesday in the first successful test of the system's ability to destroy a separating target. The interceptor missile launched off Kauai had to differentiate between the warhead and the body of the missile before destroying it above the Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. (AP Photo/Lockheed Martin)
BRUSSELS (AP) - The head of NATO is calling for the U.S., Russia and NATO to link their missile defense systems against potential new nuclear threats from Asia and the Middle East.
He's making the appeal a day after the U.S. shelved a Bush-era plan for an Eastern European missile defense shield that has been a major irritant in relations with Russia.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says NATO and Russia have a shared interest in combatting the proliferation of intercontinental ballistic missile technology in other countries.
He says, "If North Korea stays nuclear and if Iran becomes nuclear, some of their neighbors might feel compelled to follow their example."