Threat Still Unclear as NATO Missile Defense Agreement Concludes

As NATO Wraps Up A Deal on Missile Defense, the Threat Remains Unnamed

By Patrick Goodenough|CNSNews

The Obama administration is highlighting its achievement in getting NATO partners to agree to a joint Europe-based missile defense shield, while remaining vague about the source of the threat making it necessary in the first place.

At the NATO summit in Portugal, Iran – at the insistence of Turkey – was not publicly named as the nation that poses a potential missile threat.

Iran also was absent from the new Strategic Concept document unveiled at the summit and adopted by NATO leaders, which said only that military acquisitions in “many regions and countries around the world” include “the proliferation of ballistic missiles, which poses a real and growing threat to the Euro-Atlantic area.”

The 28-member transatlantic alliance agreed to develop a system designed to intercept and destroy any missiles threatening the NATO region, and to invite Russia to cooperate in the plan.

The Strategic Concept, which charts NATO’s course for the decade ahead, was based on a report drafted earlier by an expert panel led by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Unlike the text adopted in Lisbon, that report did not fail to name Iran as the chief missile threat.

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