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U.S. ACKNOWLEDGES CONCERN OVER EGYPT'S NO-DONG

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  • Ami Isseroff
    U.S. ACKNOWLEDGES CONCERN OVER EGYPT S NO-DONG http://menewsline.com/stories/2001/july/07_31_1.html WASHINGTON [MENL] -- For the first time, the Bush
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      U.S. ACKNOWLEDGES CONCERN OVER EGYPT'S NO-DONG

      http://menewsline.com/stories/2001/july/07_31_1.html
      WASHINGTON [MENL] -- For the first time, the Bush administration has publicly expressed concern over
      the prospect that Egypt has developed a No-Dong-class intermediate-range missile with North Korean
      help.

      Administration officials have acknowledged that the Egyptian No-Dong issue has become an issue
      between Cairo and Washington as well as between the White House and Congress. The officials said the
      State Department is taking the lead on the issue.

      Assistant Secretary of State William Burns was asked about Egypt on Thursday during a hearing of the
      House International Relations subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. The subject of the
      hearing was U.S. policy toward the Palestinians.

      But the subject was changed by Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat. Sherman complained that
      U.S. military aid to Egypt was unnecessary and directed by Cairo toward a military buildup against
      Israel. Egypt obtains $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid a year and Sherman said that over the last
      eight years, Cairo has spent $5 billion on a military buildup.

      "Is this level of military spending something that we should encourage or subsidize, and what is the
      state of talks between Egypt and North Korea regarding the acquisition of the No-Dong class missile
      with an 800-mile range?" Sherman said. "And does it make sense for us to be providing money to Egypt
      if they spend this fungible money on something like an 800-mile-range missile?"

      Burns did not deny Sherman's assertion or plead ignorance. Instead, the assistant secretary
      acknowledged the concern and urged Sherman to resume the exchange in closed session.
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