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Confusion on Missile Defense

Foreign policy advisor Denis McDonough says Obama has made no commitment on Polish missile defense, at odds with a statement made by Polish President Lech Kaczynski who said Obama will move ahead with plans to install a missile defense system in Poland.

(The) “president-elect had a good conversation with the Polish President and the Polish Prime Minister about the important US-Poland alliance,” McDonough said in a statement.

“President Kaczynski raised missile defense but President-elect Obama made no commitment on it.

“His position is as it was throughout the campaign, that he supports deploying a missile defense system when the technology is proved to be workable.”

A statement from President Kaczynski:

“Barack Obama has underlined the importance of the strategic partnership between Poland and the United States, he expressed his hope of continuing the political and military cooperation between our two countries,” the statement read.

“He also said the anti-missile shield project would go ahead,” said a statement said.

The United States plans to install a missile defense shield in Poland by 2013. The U.S. says states like Iran is researching and developing medium to long range missiles, which could be deployed and nuclear tipped by 2017. Russia has been adamant against such a system voicing concerns it will blunt Russia’s nuclear deterrent and plans to counter the shield by deploying short-range missiles near the Polish border.