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Czechs say U.S. comments back view on missile shield

PRAGUE, April 5 (Reuters) - U.S. comments on the need to continue developing defences against ballistic missiles have confirmed the Czech position that a defence shield is needed, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

“It confirms what we have been saying the whole time and what was also confirmed by the NATO summit -- that the anti-missile defence is necessary, or it will be sooner or later,” Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zuzana Opletalova said.

The White house said North Korea’s rocket launch earlier on Sunday demonstrated the need for the United States to continue developing anti-missile systems. (Reporting by Martin Dokoupil; Writing by Jan Lopatka; Editing by Michael Winfrey)