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Uranium Mystery / Israel #48362

ABC Evening News for Friday, Apr 29, 1977
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(Studio) 9-yr.-old mystery noted, with regard to disappearance of uranium shipment aboard German freighter; ship departed from Antwerp, Belgium, for Italy and disappeared; details with regard to mystery noted. Further details surface now.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Report out today says shipment originally came from South Africa and was diverted to Israel for nuclear weapons program. Uranium was bought and switched from German ship with approval of several ntns., but not US, which learned of it later. Report comes out in Salzburg, Austria, by American Paul Leventhal, who's former Senate committee staff assistant (Film shown.) [Paul LEVENTHAL - notes technology available to make nuclear weapons without difficulty.] Israeli officials in Jerusalem and Washington, DC deny shipment came to Israel and that Israel has any atomic weapons. CIA estimates Israel could build 12-15 nuclear weapons of size dropped on Hiroshima, Japan. Info. is based on increasing evidence that France and South Africa have helped Israel get nuclear weapons material.
REPORTER: John Scali

(Studio) Reporter Jules Bergman says about time of shipment disappearance, quantities of uranium began disappearing from Pennsylvania uranium fabricating co.; details noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Reasoner, Harry;
Scali, John

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