US scrap radar in Czech Republic

The United States has abandoned plans to build a tracking radar base in the Czech Republic. Prime Minister Jan Fischer has confirmed he was informed of the decision by US President Barack Obama by phone on Wednesday night. The United States government says its decision stems from the fact that Iran's long-range missile program has not progressed as rapidly as previously estimated. Washington is yet to formally inform Prague.

The radar base was to be part of a US anti-missile defence shield in Europe. In July 2008, Prague signed a treaty with Washington about positioning the facility in central Bohemia. Poland was to host a launching pad with ten intercepting missiles. The anti-missile defence shield project provoked controversy both in the Czech Republic and Russia which viewed it as a security threat.