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Bush lets deadline pass on missile defense

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Pentagon officials said Friday the Bush administration has let a March 16 deadline pass, without notifying Congress of any intent to begin building a radar on Alaska's Shemya island, making it unlikely that construction of a national missile defense system can begin this year.

Pentagon officials said that in order for work to begin on the remote island, contracts would have to be in place by mid-April, and Congress required that it be notified by Friday.

No such notification was made, because there has been no decision made to proceed with construction of a radar which would mark the beginning of a national missile defense system.

Pentagon officials said the White House is still examining its options with regard to national missile defense, which remains unproven, and is opposed by many U.S. allies.



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