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Paper: Egypt Got N.Korea Scuds

Friday, June 21, 1996 1116PDT
© Copyright 1996 The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) -- North Korea recently supplied several shipments of Scud C missile materials to Egypt, The Washington Times said Friday, citing a CIA report.

State Department officials said they are aware of information suggesting such a transfer may have been made but added that analysts disagree on whether the shipments contained materials for Scud C's.

Scud C missiles have a range of 310 miles. If fired from northeast Egypt, they could hit targets throughout Israel.

``We take seriously any reports of transfers of items or technology that might contribute to proliferation,'' State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said.

But, he said, since no conclusions have been drawn about whether missiles components actually were delivered to Egypt, no determination has been made on whether sanctions laws aimed at deterring such transfers are applicable.

Egypt has been a key ally of the United States in the Middle East, receiving $2.1 billion annually in economic and military aid.

Secretary of State Warren Christopher will meet next week in Cairo with President Hosni Mubarak. Burns said he had no information as to whether Christopher planned to raise the missile issue.

The Times said missile production could begin soon. It added that a protest note has been drafted and could be delivered soon.

The Missile Technology Control Regime, a 31-nation agreement, bars sales and purchases of missiles with ranges greater than 186 miles. Egypt is not a signatory to the accord.



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