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Presenter: Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell March 10, 2008 DoD News Briefing with Press Secretary Morrell from the Pentagon

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Q

Related to the defense -- missile defense system --

MR. MORRELL: Yeah.

Q

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    there have been some reports in the Turkish press and some U.S. officials that Turkey

might be getting into the system as well. I know you've been to Turkey with Secretary Gates. Can you answer if there is any talks, there will be any talks?

MR. MORRELL: Well, we did -- I mean, and the secretary talked about this, I think, on that trip. Correct me, those who were with us, if that didn't -- you were with us, right, Ben? Yeah, I think we did talk about this, that part of our talks with the Turkish government last week or the week before last was indeed missile defense. I must tell you the focus of the talks at the time primarily dealt with the cross-border operation into northern Iraq, but missile defense did come up during the course of our talks, not only with the Turkish military, but with President Gul and Prime Minister Erdogan, not that it was so much an issue here.

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Can you give more details about the missile defense talks?

MR. MORRELL: I can't. I can't. I know it was -- I was in the meetings. It was a subject of

discussion, but I don't think we want to get into specifics at this point.

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