3/3/09

Obama secret letter to Russia - offered a deal on Iran

. 3/3/09


President Obama wrote Russia's president suggesting the U.S. would scrap a missile defense system in Eastern Europe if Moscow helps stop Iran from building nukes and missiles, it was reported Monday.

The letter to Dmitry Medvedev was hand-delivered about three weeks after Obama took office, said The New York Times.

Officials who knew what was in it said Obama told Medvedev the U.S. wouldn't need to go ahead with the interceptor system if Tehran stopped developing long-range weapons.

Russia has opposed the system since it was proposed during the Bush administration.

But the officials said Obama promised nothing directly for Moscow's help, explaining his intention was to give the former Cold War rival incentive to join the U.S. in a common front against Iran.

"It's almost saying to them put up or shut up," a senior administration official told The Times.






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