New pact places no limits on missile defenses

WASHINGTON (AP)– The White House says the new nuclear arms reduction treaty between the U.S. and Russia imposes no limits on current or planned U.S. missile defenses.Russia, which is highly critical of U.S. missile defense plans, had sought to include such limits in the treaty.

The White House said the treaty does not contain any constraints on testing, development or deployment of current or planned missile defenses. The U.S. has a missile defense system based mainly in the U.S., and it is planning one in Europe.

The treaty also does not impose limits on planned U.S. long-range non-nuclear missiles, the White House said.