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Israel fitting nuclear arms on German-supplied subs: report

  • An Israeli navy boat escorts a Dolphin class German-made submarine named Tekuma (Hebrew for renaissance) off the coast of the Mediterranean port of Haifa in 2000. Israel is arming submarines supplied and largely financed by Germany with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, influential German news weekly Der Spiegel reports in its issue to be published on Monday. (AFP Photo/)

    An Israeli navy boat escorts a Dolphin class German-made submarine named Tekuma

Israel is arming submarines supplied and largely financed by Germany with nuclear-tipped cruise missiles, influential German news weekly Der Spiegel reports in its issue to be published on Monday.

The magazine said in a cover story that Berlin had until now denied any knowledge that German submarines were being used as part of an Israeli atomic arsenal.

But former high-ranking officials of the German defence ministry told Der Spiegel that the government always assumed Israel was putting nuclear warheads on the Dolphin-class vessels.

The article, based on a months-long probe, cited files from the foreign ministry in Berlin indicating the West German state was aware of the practice as early as 1961.

In Israel, foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said only: "I can confirm that we have German submarines. It's no secret.  More>>>>>>>>

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