Senators press Pentagon on Russo-Iran missile work

WASHINGTON — Four US senators frequently critical of the White House on national security issues pressed the Pentagon to say whether Russian entities were helping Iran develop ballistic missiles.

Republican Senators Jon Kyl, Mark Kirk, John Barrasso, and Jim DeMint also asked for access to draft documents in Russo-US talks on the deployment of a proposed US missile defense shield in Europe.

“We renew our request for any draft materials you are discussing with the Russians,” including a draft Missile Defense Cooperation Agreement (MDCA) and Defense Technology Cooperation Agreement (DTCA), they said.

The message came in a letter to Principal Deputy US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy James Miller, who met with the lawmakers on May 12 to discuss their “concerns” about the missile defense talks between Washington and Moscow.

Miller offered “take back” to the Pentagon the request for access to the documents, according to the letter, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

The senators also pressed Miller on a past US intelligence assessment they quoted in the letter as saying that “individual Russian entities continue to provide assistance to Iran’s ballistic missile programs.”

The assessment also said that Russian help “along with assistance from entities in China and North Korea, has helped Iran move toward self-sufficiency in the production of ballistic missiles,” acc… >>>

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