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Secretary of State Denies That U.S. Rejected Israel’s Request for Modern Arms

Secretary of State Dean Acheson today denied published reports that the U.S. has rejected Israel’s request for modern arms.

The Secretary said at his press conference that he knew of no such decision by the American Government. He categorically stated that there has been no rejection of the request; hence, the reports were false.

Mr. Acheson explained that all arms requests are considered item by item by various agencies of the government to determine their utility in the defense of the Middle East.

Private sources in the government, however, continued to insist that the request has been definitely rejected. It was said that official government spokesman do not consider it politic to admit to the facts at the present time.