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July 30, 2004
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Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Israel would not enter talks on abandoning weapons of mass destruction before there is Middle East peace. In a rare public discussion of Israel’s “deterrent capability” — a euphemism for the Jewish state’s assumed nuclear arsenal — Sharon told Likud Party activists Thursday, “It could be that one day, when we arrive at a comprehensive peace and everyone disarms completely, we will also be ready to consider taking steps.”

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