2008-06-04 / World News

Carter confirms Israel's nukes

NEW YORK (JTA)- Jimmy Carter reportedly acknowledged Israel's nuclear arsenal. The Sunday Times of London quoted the former U.S. president as saying during an appearance at a British literary festival that Israel has 150 nuclear weapons. The report did not provide direct quotes from Carter's speech.

If Carter did indeed discuss Israel's military nuclear capabilities, it would mark an unprecedented departure from a longstanding "don't ask, don't tell" policy on the issue. Israel is widely assumed to have amassed nuclear weapons since the 1960s, but neither confirms nor denies the arsenal's existence under an "ambiguity" strategy.

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