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Eshkol Reiterates Israel Will Use Atom for Peaceful Purposes Only

Prime Minister Levi Eshkol reiterated today Israel’s determination to use nuclear energy only for peaceful purposes. Addressing a reception at his home for delegates attending the second general assembly here of the Asian Press Organization, Mr. Eshkol stressed that Israel will use atomic energy for the desalination of sea water. He declined to comment, however, on Israel’s theoretical capability to produce a nuclear weapon.

The conference is dealing with problems of freedom of information, the development of an independent press, the training of journalists, and other professional issues, particularly as they relate to developing nations.