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The United States is discussing with Poland and other countries possible sites in Europe for a missile interceptor base capable of protecting the continent against long-range missile attack, a senior defense official said Wednesday.
The official said the discussions have been underway "below the radar screen" since 2002 but indicated that the US government was now nearing the point of making decisions on whether and how to go forward with such an initiative.
"There have been a handful of countries, Poland is one, but there are several others with whom we've been having discussions with," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in an interview with AFP and another news organization.
The talks with Poland were first disclosed earlier this week by the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza in Warsaw, and were not denied by Polish Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.