US plans new missile defence system based on NATO

The Czech minister of foreign affairs, Jan Kohout, said the United States is not abandoning missile defence altogether, but plans to refashion its plan as a joint NATO endeavour. Speaking after a meeting with American officials, Mr Kohout said that the new conception involved a more flexible, more effective and cheaper system that would serve primarily to thwart short- and medium-range missiles targeting any part of Europe. The Czech Republic, he said, would determine its level of involvement in the programme.