BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania has given final approval for the building of an anti-ballistic interceptor site in the country as part of a U.S. missile shield.
In September, Romania and the U.S. signed an accord to install the interceptors at the Deveselu air base near Romania's border with Bulgaria. Romania's Parliament approved a law earlier this month and Basescu signed it Thursday.
Basescu says the work can now begin at the base.
The Romanian site is part two of a four-part plan that the Obama administration outlined in 2009. The plan, opposed by Russia, is designed to counter the threat of short-to-medium-range missiles. The U.S. says its plan would be able to counter a threat from Iran earlier than a Bush-era proposal to use long-range interceptors based in Poland.