Wednesday, September 15, 1999 12:15
Government decides no changes planned in nuclear program(IsraelWire-9/15) According to a report in the daily Haaretz, Prime Minister Ehud Barak does not plan to permit international inspectors to take a close look at Israel's nuclear facility in Dimona and justified the continued need for Israel's nuclear capability as long as hostile nations continue to pose a threat to Israel's continued security. Excerpts of a letter from Gideon Frank, who heads Israel's Atomic Energy Commission stated that a political solution was the only way to make progress in the area of weapons control. Until statements were made acknowledging Israel's nuclear program in 1996 by then-prime minister Shimon Peres, no Israeli leader ever officially admitted to the ongoing nuclear program in Israel. Despite international pressure, Israel has repeatedly refused to sign nuclear proliferation treaties.