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DOCUMENTS INDICATE IRAN HAS NUCLEAR WEAPONS
ISRAEL LINE THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 1998

  According to Iranian government documents in Israel's possession, Iran
received several nuclear warheads from a former Soviet republic during the
early 1990s, THE JERUSALEM POST reported.
  The documents have been deemed authentic by United States congressional
experts and are still being studied in Israel.  They contain correspondence
between Iranian government officials and leaders of Iran's Revolutionary
Guards that discusses Iran's successful efforts to obtain nuclear warheads
from former Soviet republics.  The documents appear to bolster reports from
1992 that Iran received enriched uranium and up to four nuclear warheads
from Kazakhstan, with help from the Russian underworld.
  Meanwhile, U.S. envoy Robert Gallucci held talks in Israel with Government
and intelligence agency leaders concerning Russian aid to Iran's ballistic
missile program. "The Government acts on priorities, and at the top is the
Iranian missile program," an Israeli official said.
  Israeli officials said that Jerusalem and Washington agree on the extent
of Iran's progress in developing the new missile, which would be capable of
reaching Israel.  However, they disagree on whether the Russian government
acquiesces in the transfer of Russian missile technology to Iran and whether
Moscow is capable of stopping the flow.