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FBI investigates MILCO nuclear trigger smuggling to Israel

FBI investigates MILCO nuclear trigger smuggling to Israel

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California-based MILCO International Inc. shipped 15 orders totaling 800 krytons to the Israeli Ministry of Defense between 1979 and 1983. Israeli movie producer Arnon Milchan's Heli Trading Company brokered the transactions. A kryton is a gas-filled tube used as a high speed switch. Export from the US requires a US State Department munitions license because krytons can be used as triggers for nuclear weapons. The US rejected several requests for Kryton export licenses to Israel. MILCO obtained the krytons from EG&G Inc.

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