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ACCESSION NUMBER:221332
1ILE ID:PO-102
DATE:03/30/92
TITLE:DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, MONDAY, MARCH 30 (03/30/92)
TEXT:*92033002.POL
DEFENSE DEPARTMENT REPORT, MONDAY, MARCH 30

(Technology diversion, Soviet submarines)  (350)
CHENEY AWAITS PATRIOT INVESTIGATION REPORT
Defense Secretary Cheney says the United States has "good reason to
believe" that U.S. Patriot missile technology was diverted from Israel to
another country.

But Cheney told reporters after addressing the Associated General
Contractors of America March 30 that he would "reserve judgment" on the
matter until receiving "final results from the team" of U.S. experts sent
to Israel to determine if Patriot technology was transferred to China.

High-level Israeli officials have said that the U.S. delegation which
inspected Patriot missile batteries found no evidence of such a transfer.

Asked if the alleged diversion to China might have been made by the Saudis,
Cheney noted that "the Patriot batteries that are in Saudi Arabia are
manned by Americans."  The notion that the Saudis might have somehow
transferred the missile technology, Cheney said, "just doesn't stand up
under any kind analysis at all."