Senior US general: Obama supports European missile defense

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May 22, 2009 04:57

The director of the US missile defense program says that the Obama administration is still supporting the deployment of a missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. The Obama administration has said that it is reviewing the program. The US plans had spiked tension with Russia and the review comes as the administration is seeking to improve relations. The director of the Missile Defense Agency, Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly, said during a congressional hearing Thursday that the administration had expressed support for the project. He added: "The instruction to me was to continue with that deployment, that planning to the greatest extent possible, allowable by law." Congress has limited funding for construction on the project until certain criteria are met.


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