SOUTH AFRICA: Nuclear Clue

A blast raises a mystery

A real nuke or a deceptive dud? For years South Africa's many enemies, as well as its few friends, have speculated about the possibility that Pretoria's white apartheid regime might secretly be developing nuclear weapons. South Africa not only has the required technical expertise, but also possesses almost one-fifth of the world's known uranium deposits.

In 1977, Soviet as well as American aerial reconnaissance photos revealed what looked suspiciously like an atomic test site in the Kalahari Desert, a wasteland that covers nearly one-fourth of the country....

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