The Guardian: Israel offered nukes to South Africa

May 24, 2010 03:50


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Israel allegedly offered to sell Apartheid-era South Africa nuclear weapons, according to a Guardian report appearing Sunday.

The story alleges that in 1975, South African Defense Minister PW Botha met secretly with Shimon Peres, Israel's defense minister at the time, in which Botha requested the weapons and Peres offered three warhead versions for sale. In the same meeting the two also signed a secret cooperation agreement between the military forces of the two countries.

The Guardian reports that cost considerations prevented Botha from concluding the deal, which also would have to be approved by Israel's Prime Minister, an approval which "it is uncertain [whether] it would have been forthcoming."

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