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  • February 02, 1965

    Cable 729 from the Department of State to the US Embassy in Argentina

    In this cable, the US Department of State requested the Embassy to remind the Argentine government that it was still awaiting a response on the uranium sale to Israel, and asked the Embassy to review the "full extent" of Argentine exports of uranium.

  • February 03, 1965

    Airgram A-691 from the US Embassy in Argentina to the Department of State, 'Argentine Sale of Uranium Oxide to Israel'

    This airgram details a meeting with Admiral Quihillalt, director of the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentinia, who notes that since the deal with Israel had been concluded before the IAEA established protocols for safeguard measures, the Argentine government did not feel the need to include reporting and inspection requirements. However, safeguards would be placed on future sales. Attached is a note from the Argentine Foreign Ministry, with an unofficial translation.

  • April 27, 1965

    Airgram A-163 from the Department of State to the US Embassy in Argentina on the Argentine Sale of Uranium Oxide to Israel

    In response to a request for further instructions, the Dept. of State informed the Embassy that Washington was looking to establish a common policy on the mandatory application of IAEA safeguards. Until they were closer to agreement, the Embassy should request that the Argentine government apply safeguards to future deals.

  • August 21, 1965

    Airgram A-160 from the US Embassy in Argentina to the Department of State, 'EXCON: Argentine Exports of Uranium Oxide'

    A request by an Argentine Congressman gave the yellow cake sale to Israel a public airing.

  • August 24, 1965

    Airgram CA-2198 from the Department of State to US Embassies in Argentina on the Israeli Purchase of Argentine Uranium

    Owing to discrepancies in available data, the Department of State requested information on the amount of uranium shipped to Israel, any new agreements between Argentina and Israel, any safeguards put into place, and the current status of Argentina's uranium processing plants.

  • October 22, 1965

    Airgram A-350 from the US Embassy in Israel to the Department of State, 'Argentine Uranium'

    The Embassy reported that it had no information on Israeli uranium imports, and the only way to obtain that information would be a high-level inquiry to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

  • April 10, 1966

    Airgram 763 from the US Embassy in Argentina to the Department of State, 'Israeli Purchase of Argentine Uranium'

    Although AEC representative Lester Rogers reported that the Embassy had no new information, this airgram includes tables on Argentina's annual production of uranium from 1958-1965 and the production capacities of two uranium processing plants.

  • May 11, 1966

    Cable 1250 from the Department of State to the US Embassies in Argentina and Israel, 'Israeli Purchase of Argentine Uranium'

    The Department of State was unable to locate the Argentine uranium sold to Israel and was disturbed by the fact that the amount exceeded Israel's needs for peaceful use.

  • May 26, 1966

    Cable 1776 from the US Embassy in Argentina to the Department of State, 'Israeli Purchase of Argentine Uranium'

    The Embassy did not believe it was advisable to inform the Argentine government of US plans to ask the Israeli government about the location of the uranium.

  • June 02, 1966

    Cable 1052 from the Department of State to the US Embassy in Israel

    The Department of State requested that the Embassy inform the Israelis that they were satisfied with the inspection of Dimona, but ask Israel to clarify the location of the uranium ore from Argentina.

  • June 15, 1966

    Cable 1333 from the US Embassy in Israel to the Department of State

    Ambassador Barbour spoke to Israeli Foreign Minister Eban, who said he would ask about the location of the Argentine uranium.

  • July 01, 1966

    Cable 7 from the US Embassy in Israel to the Department of State

    Ambassador Barbour reports that Foreign Minister Eban will confer with Deputy Minister of Defense Zvi Dinstein on the location of the Argentine uranium.