Bush says US missile shield in Europe needed

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WASHINGTON, Oct 23 (Reuters) US President George W Bush insisted today a missile shield in Europe was needed for the security of the United States and its NATO allies.

''The need for missile defense in Europe is real and I believe it's urgent,'' Bush said in a policy speech at the National Defense University in Washington.

Bush's defense of the planned missile shield, which has angered Moscow, came even as his top aides tried to ease Russia's concerns. Bush said the system was needed for protection against states like Iran and was not a threat to Russia.

REUTERS GL HS2035

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