The German Foreign Ministry said it could not confirm sending any signals to the U.S. about a possible THAAD deployment. U.S. Department of Defense, Missile Defense Agency/Handout via Reuters
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U.S. European Command has been pushing for a THAAD system in Europe for years, but the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord has added urgency to the issue, said Riki Ellison, head of the nonprofit Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.Deploying another U.S. defensive system to Europe could reassure NATO allies in southern Europe already within striking range of Iran's missiles, one military official from that region said.One U.S. military official said there had been preliminary talks with German military officials on moving a THAAD system to Ramstein Air Base in Germany, headquarters for the U.S. Air Force in Europe and NATO Allied Air Command.U.S. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, head of U.S. European Command, last week said he was seeking more troops and equipment to deter Russia, but declined further comment.The German Foreign Ministry, which oversees foreign troops in Germany, said it could not confirm sending any signals to the U.S about a possible THAAD deployment.
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