India on July 5 ruled out accepting a missile defense system from the United States.
”There is no question of accepting (a) missile shield from anyone,” Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee told a news conference in reply to a question.
”What we are interested in is developing our own missile program and we are doing that.”
The United States said last June that it was willing to talk to India about supplying missile defense systems.
”We are willing to talk to India about missile defense. Missile defense is very expensive. So it is not something that India will enter into lightly,” U.S. assistant secretary of state for arms control, Stephen Rademaker, had told reporters on a visit to New Delhi.
India and the United States last week signed a groundbreaking 10-year plan for military cooperation during a visit to Washington by Mukherjee.
India, a Cold War ally of the Soviet Union, has recently moved closer to the United States.