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Denies American Pressure to Sign Nuclear Non-proliferation Pact

Foreign Ministry officials said today that they had no knowledge of renewed pressure by the U.S. for Israel to sign the nuclear non-proliferation pact. Reports of pressure from foreign sources appeared in the local press. Ministry officials noted that Israel has made clear the conditions it wants before signing the nuclear pact. They include protection for nuclear industrial processors if they are to be inspected by foreign or international officials, and binding obligations that the nuclear powers will automatically and quickly come to the aid of a non-nuclear nation attacked by a nuclear power.