Cambodia Steers Clear of Potential US Missile Deployment In Asia

Tea Banh, who is also deputy prime minister, said it was for the U.S. and its allies to agree on the issue, and did not want to impinge on their sovereignty or rights.

Cambodian Defense Minister Tea Banh said last week there was little Cambodia could do about the United States’ purported plan to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Asia, noting the country was stay away from the issue.

The United States recently pulled out of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) agreement with the then-Soviet Union, banning land-deployment of missiles able to reach 500 to 5,500 kilometers. The U.S. said that Russia’s failure to honor the agreement was the reason for its withdrawal from the INF.

After leaving the agreement, the Associated Press reported a senior U.S. diplomat saying that US-allied countries were being consulted on the purported deployment, most likely including Japan, Australia and South Korea (Republic of Korea).

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