US criticizes Austrian official's comments on US missile defense plans
The United States said Thursday that comments by Austria's defense minister accusing Washington of provoking Russia with US missile defense plans were unhelpful and reflected Cold War thinking.


In an interview in the Austrian newspaper Die Presse, the defense minister, Norbert Darabos said he did not believe there was a credible threat that would justify the anti-missile system. He urged US officials to seek a compromise with Russia and called the plan a "provocation." The United States says the system would help guard against a potential threat from Iran. US State Department spokesman, Gonzalo Gallegos, said that it was Darabos' remarks that reflected a Cold War mentality. (AP)