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June 23, 1972

STATE DEPARTMENT CABLE 113523 TO US EMBASSY INDIA, 'JAPANESE VIEWS REGARDING INDIAN NUCLEAR PLANS'

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    In response to a request from the State Department, Ryohei Murata, an official at the Japanese embassy, reported that the Japanese government believed that for prestige reasons and as a “warning” to others, the “Indians have decided to go ahead with a nuclear test” which could occur at “any time.” The Thar Desert in Rajasthan would be the test site.
    "State Department Cable 113523 to US Embassy India, 'Japanese Views Regarding Indian Nuclear Plans'," June 23, 1972, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, National Archives, Record Group 59, SN 70-73, AE 1 India. Obtained and contributed by William Burr and included in NPIHP Research Update #4. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/113900
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