US-Japan missile shield worries Russia

US-Japan missile shield worries Russia

US-Japan missile shield worries Russia

Updated 19 December 2011, 11:58 AEDT

Russia's foreign minister has told Japanese leaders the Kremlin is concerned about a missile shield Tokyo is building with Washington.

They began working on the project in 1998 after North Korea shot a ballistic missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean.

Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is in Tokyo for talks with his Japanese counterpart and other government leaders.

He says Russia is opposed to the missile defence system because its aimed at securing military superiority.

Russia is also firmly opposed to US plans to base 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a radar in the Czech Republic to guard against possible missile attacks from Iran and North Korea.

Moscow contends that the system in Eastern Europe is also aimed against Russia.

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