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Israel considered destroying Pak n-facilities in 1979

March 08, 2004 22:40 IST

Israel, which successfully destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor, also considered a pre-emptive strike to destroy Pakistan's nuclear facilities, according to State Department papers released by the National Security Archive, a private research agency in the US.

Newly declassified papers obtained by the Archive shows that at a Friday morning session on September 14, 1979 of the US General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament, Assistant Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency Charles Van Doren discussed 'apparent Israeli consideration of military action against Pakistan'.

The United States itself, he said, had not discussed (with Israel) 'preemption plans'.

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