23 Mar 2007

US to shift radars from Marshalls to Czech Republic

4:15 pm on 23 March 2007

The United States is looking to transfer its missile defence radar from Kwajalein in the Marshall Islands to the Czech Republic.

Yokwe online reports that if negotiations succeed, the removal from the Pacific to the Czech Republic would cost about 500 million US dollars.

The US Army at Kwajalein Atoll base and test site, with its heavy radar emphasis, has been considered the premier facility for the U.S. missile defense program for many years.

Although there has been opposition to the plan within the Czech Republic, its foreign minister has denied claims that the radar installation is a health and environmental hazard.

He says the fact that the radar has been directed at a nearby school clearly demonstrates its absolutely harmlessness for human health.