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WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1998
Briefer: JAMES P. RUBIN

ISRAEL
5Reports of construction of cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons


U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
DPB # 79
WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 1998, 12:45 P.M.
(ON THE RECORD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

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QUESTION: Can I go back to nuclear weapons or dry holes, as the case may be? Reports that Israel's new submarines that it's acquiring are nuclear missile-capable, and that Israel intends to utilize them to that effect.

MR. RUBIN: We have no information to confirm reports that Israel is building cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

With respect to the overall question of Israel and nuclear weapons, let me say that we want to see, over time, a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the Middle East. But we believe that has to happen in the context of a comprehensive peace agreement. Other than saying that Israel has said it will not be the first to introduce nuclear weapons to the region, all I can say is that we want a process to marry the political requirements of a comprehensive peace with the technical requirements of a weapons of mass destruction-free zone in the region. We think that those need to go in a commensurate way.

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(The briefing concluded at 1:30 P.M.)

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