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  • June 28, 1967

    Meeting Minutes, 'Points of Interest arising from Uranium Marketing Committee Meeting: June 26, 1967'

    Notes the current negotiations of the major nuclear powers from a meeting of the South African Uranium Marketing Committee.

  • January 28, 1970

    Memorandum from South African Department of Foreign Affairs Regarding Mirage Aircraft

    The South African Ambassador in Cologne sends information on a meeting with a representative of the Dornier Aircraft Company regarding the possible purchase by South Africa of Mirage aircraft and their re-export to Israel.

  • June 04, 1975

    Notes on Meeting between Israeli and South African Ministers of Defense Shimon Peres and P.W. Botha in Zurich

    Summary of meeting between Israeli Minister Shimon Peres and South African Minister P. W. Botha in Zurich. They discuss stalled negotiations between South Africa and Israel for a project to produce lightweight fighters and other military equipment.

  • November 17, 1977

    Telegram from South African Ambassador to Israel, 'Israeli Reaction to the UN Arms Embargo Against South Africa'

    The South African Ambassador to Israel reports on the official response in Israel to the possibility of a UN arms embargo of South afriaca.

  • January 26, 1978

    Letter, South African Ambassador to the United States, 'C. 130 [Aircraft] Spares'

    The South African Ambassador to the United States writes to the Secretary for Foreign Affairs regarding South Africa's desire to purchase certain' rangefire kits' for their C. 130 aircraft.

  • January 26, 1978

    Letter, South African Ambassador to the United States, to the Hayes Corporation

    Jeremy Shearer writes to the Vice President of the Hayes Corporation in regards to a shipment of kits for C130 South African military aircraft that was withheld from the South African Government. Mr. Shearer believes this to be a breach of contract.

  • February 14, 1978

    Memo, South African Department of Foreign Affairs, 'Kits for C130's [Aircraft]'

    Memo regarding South African C130 Aircrafts.

  • September, 1978

    Report, Centre Against Apartheid, 'US Arms Transfers to South Africa in Violation of the United Nations Voluntary Arms Embargo: 1963-1977'

    Centre Against Apartheid report on US violations on the South African Arms Embargo.

  • September 28, 1978

    South African Department of Foreign Affairs, United States Arms Transfers to South Africa in Violation of the United Nations Voluntary Arms Embargo

    Letter from the South African Acting Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs in Pretoria regarding arms transfers to South Africaduring the UN arms embargo.

  • March 13, 1979

    Memorandum South African Defence Force, 'Report on Special Visit to Israel - 19 to 23 February 1979'

    Report on South African Major General Gleeson's visit to Israel 'in connection with a long range surface-to-surface missile.'

  • March 30, 1983

    CIA Report, 'New Information on South Africa’s Nuclear Program and South African-Israeli Nuclear and Military Cooperation' (redacted)

    CIA report summaries new information on Israel-South African nuclear cooperation. According to the report, South Africa formerly launched its weapons program in 1973, and paused it in 1979 following the international discovery of the Kalahari nuclear test site. Military cooperation between South Africa and Israel is believed to be extensive, with continual contact between personnel and the large-scale sale of arms. Aside from the South African sale of depleted uranium to Israel in the mid-1970s, the CIA had no hard evidence of nuclear cooperation between the two.

  • April, 1983

    Draft letter from South African Defence Minister Magnus Malan to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens

    South African Defence Minister Magnus Malan writes to new Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens expressing the hope that relations with Israel may be strengthened and expanded under his tenure. Malan express concern about the military trade imbalance, stating that "it is of such a proportion that my government must of needs consider alternatives."

  • April 07, 1983

    Letter from Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens to South African Defense Minister Magnus Malan (redacted)

    In this redacted letter, Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Arens writes to South African Minister of Defence Magnus Malan with concerns about difficulties with a project and South Africa's concerns about achieving a reciprocal balance of trade between the two countries.

  • May 18, 1983

    Letter from South African Defence Minister Magnus Malan to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens

    South African Defence Minister Magnus Malan writes to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Arens regarding the imbalance of military trade between Israel and South Africa.

  • September 27, 1985

    Resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency General Conference on South Africa’s Nuclear Capabilities

    Alarmed that South Africa may be capable of developing nuclear weapons, the IAEA calls upon South Africa to submit its nuclear facitilies to agency safeguards, and calls upon all IAEA member states to hault nuclear cooperation with South Africa.

  • November 17, 1994

    Annex, South African Council for Non-Proliferation, Export Permit Evaluation (Singapore)

    Report recommending the granting of export permits for arms deals with Singapore.

  • November 17, 1994

    Annex, South African Council for Non-proliferation, 'Report on the Bilateral Agreement with the United States'

    Indicates that the United States would be receptive to a formal South African bid for admission into the Missile Technology Control Regime.

  • November 17, 1994

    Annex, South African Council for Non-proliferation, 'Composition of the Council'

    Memo on a procedural issue of the Non-Proliferation Council

  • November 17, 1994

    Annex, South African Council for Non-Proliferation, 'Chemical Weapons Convention'

    Memo stating the Minister for Foreign Affairs recommended that South Africa ratify the Chemical Weapons Convention. The Cabinet will is due to discuss the matter shortly.

  • November 17, 1994

    Annex, South African Council for Non-proliferation, 'Report on the Eighth Plenary Session of the PrepCom'

    Report on the Eighth Plenary Session of the Preparatory Commission for the establishment of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.