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Friday, May 28, 2010

South Africa also denies Guardian nuke story

A reminder again that this story is posting after the Sabbath starts in Israel because I am in Boston and the blog is running on Boston time today in that I am inputting material before the Sabbath starts in Boston.

Earlier this week, I blogged a story from al-Guardian - vehemently denied by President Peres' office - which claimed that Israel had offered to sell apartheid South Africa nuclear weapons. Now, the South Africans have also denied the story.
Recent reports that Israel offered to sell nuclear weapons to South Africa are "simply ludicrous," to a FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid-era South Africa.

The news Web site IOL quoted the Nobel Peace Prize laureate as saying that he had "never been informed of any such developments" as those reported in the Guardian's report earlier this week.


De Klerk flatly denied the story, saying, "I have no reason to question the information that was consistently conveyed to me by the relevant authorities that South Africa developed nuclear weapons on its own."

The former South African president's comments were in line with a sharp denial which Peres issued on Monday, saying that the claims had “no basis in reality.”
Would the Guardian make up a story like that? Why?

/rhetorical questions


At 10:33 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Good question. South Africa developed its own nuclear arsenal on its own without Israeli help. Why the al-Guardian would imply Israel needed to help them with the program is beyond me.

And there is no proof such nuclear cooperation between the two countries ever took place.


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