Report: Israel Testing out Cruise Missiles

Published June 18th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Israel has test-fired cruise missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, fuelling fears of an escalation in the Middle East arms race, the Sunday Times reported, citing Israeli defense sources. 

The tests took place in May off Sri Lanka, the sources said, and hit targets at sea at a range of about 930 miles (1,500 kilometers), the Times said. 

Israel has never confirmed nor denied it has nuclear weapons and refuses to submit nuclear sites to international inspection. 

It is one of four countries along with India, Pakistan and Cuba that have not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), prompting major concern from neighboring states over its nuclear intentions. 

Western experts say it has used its reactor at Dimona in the southern Negev desert to produce around 200 nuclear warheads. 

A cruise missile capability would increase the range of targets in the regional theatre that Israel could hit - LONDON (AFP) 

 

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