NB: This piece was part of a Journalism assignment at University in which we had to take a press release and turn it into a hard news story.
Barrack Obama has declared an overhaul of the American missile defence program after receiving intelligence that, if launched, Iran’s missiles would reach Europe.
In a comprehensive assessment, issued by the President, of the American missile defence program based in Europe, it has been found that there is a considerable threat posed by Iran short- and medium- range missiles pose. For this reason, the American government has issued national security upgrades.
Iran’s nuclear program, including ballistic missile program, does have international obligations limiting their actions; however in a statement released today Obama believes that “this new [American] ballistic missile defence program will best address the threat posed by Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile defence program.”
The changed made include advances in missile defence technology have come after significant improvements, particularly in regard to land- and sea- based interceptors and sensors. Advancements have also been made in more cost-effective technology, which will maintain the flexibility to adjust and be more readily updates as technology continues to evolve.
As part of a continuing partnership within Europe, America will continue to collaborate with both the Czech Republic and Poland in order to collectively advance missile defence technology, with the shared goal to end Iran’s illicit nuclear program. According to Obama’s statement, “…Our new missile defence [program]… will provide stronger, smart and swifter defences of American forces and America’s allies.”
It has been reported that Russia feels that the American program threatens their nuclear defence program; however Obama invites Russia to join in cooperation with America and their allies.
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