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U.S. President Barack Obama has decided to abandon plans to deploy a missile defense system in Europe to counter an Iranian missile threat. The way it was carried out raises questions about U.S. commitments to its allies. The missile defense program is a partnership between Washington and its allies. As such, decisions regarding its future should be made together, not imposed by one on another.

Still, Mr. Obama’s decision makes sense. It has removed the probably greatest barrier to the progress of negotiations between the United States and Russia for nuclear arms reductions. It is strongly hoped that the U.S. and Russia will make a great step forward to conclude their negotiations by yearend.

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