Sunday, December 23, 2007

Missile Base Delay?

United States plans to base missiles in Poland may have hit a snag.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has announced Poland will not allow the installation of the missiles unless the United States can offer a "100 percent guarantee" that the base will serve Polish national interests.

The base in Poland, along with a radar installation in the Czech Republic, are part of an anti-missile defense system designed to protect the United States from rocket attack by "rogue states", most notably Iran. The Polish base would host up to 10 anti-ballistic missiles.

Tusk took power in October and promised to review the controversial missile base plan. Russia has been particularly vocal in their opposition to the base, saying that it threatens regional security. One possible compromise floated by Poland is to base US-made Patriot missiles in Poland to guard against any attacks from Russia.
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