Cairo's ambassador to the UN claimed President Mubarak said no to offer of atomic weapons from ex-Soviet state. Hosni Mubarak rejected offers of nuclear weapons and scientists, according to the cables. Egypt was offered nuclear weapons, material and expertise on the black market after the collapse of the Soviet Union, according to a senior Egyptian diplomat. President Hosni Mubarak turned down the offer, but the incident raises new questions over what nuclear sales were made by the other states or groups in the chaos of the early 1990s in Russia and the former Soviet republics. Maged Abdelaziz, the country's ambassador to the UN, made the revelation to America's top negotiator on nuclear arms control, Rose Gottemoeller, in a conversation reported in a leaked US cable in May last year.
keyboard shortcuts: V vote up article J next comment K previous comment