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.
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