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German minister to visit Israel to discuss sale of submarines

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Berlin, May 29, IRNA -- German Defense Minister Peter Struck will 
visit Israel next week to discuss the sale of submarines, the weekly 
Focus magazine said Saturday. 
Struck who is due to arrive in Israel on June 5, will reportedly 
make clear that the Zionist regime is not to receive the submarines 
free of charge. 
Berlin halted unexpectedly last November the delivery of two 
German-made `Dolphin` submarines to Israel, citing fears of a new arms
race in the volatile Mideast region. 
The center-leftist German government coalition expressed also 
concerns after Israel modified three other German submarines with 
nuclear warheads. 
Germany built and delivered at no charge the three `Dolphin` 
submarines for Israel in 1999 and 2000. 
Although Berlin is legally banned from exporting arms to crises 
regions, Germany has become one of Israel`s major arms supplier. 
German arms exports to Israel totalled some 900 million dollars 
between 1998 and 2001. 
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