Israel to Benefit from American-soviet Pact on Nuclear Desalination

Israel will indirectly benefit from the United States-Soviet agreement to jointly explore possibilities of nuclear desalination of sea water announced today by President Johnson. This was the opinion of desalination experts who said unofficially that the unprecedented American-Soviet accord could only expedite progress in this field.

The efforts previously announced for American-Israeli joint survey of nuclear desalination opportunities in Israel will be augmented, in effect, through the broader international concept linking the world’s two mightiest powers, it was pointed out. The benefits of American-Soviet cooperation would be applied to Israel. Some of the findings of the Israeli survey may be valuable to the larger undertaking.

President Johnson said today that agreement has been reached between Washington and Moscow to Jointly explore possibilities of desalination at a meeting to be held July 14 in Washington. It was made clear that use of nuclear energy is envisaged with a sharing of know-how between the two nations. American and Russian experts will report to their respective governments after the July meeting on steps indicated.

The American delegation will be headed by President Johnson’s personal scientific adviser, Dr. Donald Hornig. It will include representatives of the Atomic Energy Commission and the Interior Department. President Johnson expressed hope that the venture would lead to “effective scientific cooperation” in the field of desalination.

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