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July 05, 1982

US EMBASSY PAKISTAN CABLE 10239 TO STATE DEPARTMENT, 'MY FIRST MEETING WITH PRESIDENT ZIA'

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    A report to the State Department from Ambassador General Vernon Walters on his meeting with President Zia, where he confronted the Pakistani President with “incontrovertible evidence” that his country had “transferred designs and specifications for nuclear weapons components to purchasing agents in several countries for the purpose of having these nuclear weapons components fabricated for Pakistan” despite promises not to do so. Zia denied the charge, and Walter later commented, “either he really does not know or is the most superb and patriotic liar I have ever met.”
    "US Embassy Pakistan Cable 10239 to State Department, 'My First Meeting with President Zia'," July 05, 1982, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, State Department Mandatory Declassification Review release. Obtained and contributed by William Burr and included in NPIHP Research Update #6. http://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/114252
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