Defense Ministry Response to Charge of Tech Transfer to China
A communique from the Israeli Ministry of Defense and delivered by the Israeli Ministry of Defense Spokesperson.
The Defense Ministry wishes to clarify that the
allegations published in the Washington Times on
27.1.99, according to which Israelis involved in the
development of the Nautilus weapons system -- which
employs lasers in the intercept of Katyusha missiles --
are transferring secret data to China, are completely
Israel has never shared classified American technology
passed during joint US-Israeli efforts to develop a laser-
based weapons system, and no Israeli personnel have
tried to obtain restricted information from American
contractors involved in the Nautilus project. All Israeli
activities have been conducted in precise conformity with
the relevant agreements, including those governing
project security and delineating the extent of cooperative
efforts with the United States in the Nautilus program.
All inferences that Israel has circumvented the terms of
its agreement with the United States are unfounded.
Furthermore, in Israel's view, it would be appropriate for
the American sources cited by the Washington Times to
publicly refute the charges levelled against Israel by the
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