Polish FM says missile defense talks with Rice productive

Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski says talks with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about basing American missile interceptors in Poland have been productive and will continue. Sikorski's meeting with Rice on Monday follows Warsaw's rebuff of the latest US offer to persuade Poland to accept the missile defense facility. Sikorski said, "We have clarified our position, and we had some productive ideas." Asked if he could salvage a deal, Sikorski said, "There is no need to salvage, because talks have continued all along and will continue." Washington and Warsaw opened negotiations 18 months ago on placing the 10 missile interceptors in northern Poland to guard against possible attacks from Iran.