Jalili Warns of Israel's Atomic Warheads.
"Why should a number of 200 nuclear warheads be deployed in Europe? And the other question is who has supplied the Zionist regime with its nuclear weapons, shouldn't these issues be investigated," Jalili asked during a press conference after holding the third and the last session of multifaceted talks with the envoys of the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany) in Istanbul on Saturday.Israel is believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East with over 200 ready-to-launch warheads in its stockpile. Regional countries have always called for the nuclear disarmament of Israel as the only impediment to the materialization of a Middle-East free from atomic weapons.Elsewhere, Jalili reminded the 200-pound load of highly-enriched uranium which was lost in the US 40 years ago, and said it could have been used for producing atomic weapons, then "why has no one written any report in this regard for 40 years?"He called on all countries and media to pay attention to the issue and ask in their negotiations and reports that why thousands of pages, news and reports are written and given out about a country's peaceful nuclear program, but nothing is said or written about the loss of 200 pounds of weapon-grade uranium in the US.He made the remarks referring to the Apollo Affair in 1965 which was an incident in which a US company, Nuclear Materials and Equipment Corporation (NUMEC), in Apollo, Pennsylvania was investigated for losing 200-600 pounds of highly enriched uranium. NUMEC's startup capital was provided by David Lowenthal, who was closely associated with Israeli intelligence and David Ben-Gurion.NUMEC was a small fuel rod fabrication plant, producing fuel for U.S. Navy vessels that was also involved in "secret weapons projects". NUMEC pioneered mass production of nuclear fuel paving the way to power commercial reactors for power plants. Between 1957 and 1967 NUMEC received over 22 tons of government-owned Uranium-235.In 1965, the FBI investigated Dr. Zalman Shapiro, the company's president, over the loss 200 pounds of highly enriched uranium. Although investigated by the Atomic Energy Commission, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other government agencies and inquiring reporters, no charges were ever filed.
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|Date:||Jan 22, 2011|
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