Rice: Missile defense in Poland needed to block missiles from Iran, North Korea.

Over at Attackerman, Spencer Ackerman notes that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today that the U.S. is constructing a missile defense shield in Poland to protect from “long-rang missile threats” from Iran and North Korea, not Russia:

This is an agreement that, of course, will establish a missile defense site here in Poland, a missile defense site that will help us to deal with the new threat to the 21st century of long-range missile threats from countries like Iran or from North Korea.

As Ackerman notes, North Korean missiles cannot reach Poland, and “even if they someday could, they never never would; and Iranian antipathy to the Poles does not exist.” Yglesias has more.