Last remaining seats to the Jpost 2017 Annual Conference! Get your special offer now

WikiLeaks: Mubarak refused black market Soviet nukes

ByJPOST.COM STAFF
December 20, 2010 08:11

Cable reports "Egypt had been offered nuclear scientists, materials following collapse of Soviet Union, but Egypt refused."

Eyptian President Hosni Mubarak

Hosni Mubarak. (photo credit:ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused offers to buy nuclear weapons on the black market following the dismantling of the Soviet Union, a US diplomatic cable leaked to the Guardian by WikiLeaks revealed.

The revelation was made by Maged Abdelaziz, Egypt's UN ambassador, to US nuclear arms control negotiator, Rose Gottemoeller, in May of 2009 on the sidelines of a Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty conference in New York.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


RELATED:
WikiLeaks: Iran recruiting Beduin to smuggle Gaza arms
WikiLeaks: Iran's influence spreads like cancer

In the leaked cable, Gottemoeller's associates wrote that "in an apparent attempt to portray Egypt as a responsible member of the international community, Abdelaziz claimed that Egypt had been offered nuclear scientists, materials and even weapons following the collapse of the Soviet Union, but Egypt had refused all such offers."

"Gottemoeller asked him how he knew this to be true, to which Abdelaziz replied he was in Moscow at that time and had direct personal knowledge."

Abdelaziz also told Gottemoeller that "Iran cannot be allowed to accquire nuclear weapons."

He expressed concern about Israel's purported nuclear arsenal, saying that "statements from Israeli's prime minister that his state possesses nuclear weapons do not contribute to security or stability."

Click here for full Jpost coverage of the Iranian threat
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Israel
  • Egypt
  • Iran
  • wikileaks
  • mubarak
  • Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Pope Francis waves as he leaves for his pastoral trip to Egypt at the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Ai
    April 28, 2017
    Pope Francis arrives in Cairo seeking to mend ties with Islam

    By REUTERS

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 13 - 30
      Beer Sheva
      14 - 24
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 13 - 26
      Jerusalem
      16 - 23
      Haifa
    • 22 - 35
      Elat
      16 - 32
      Tiberias