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Official: Secret Plans In Place to Protect Nukes From Terrorists

October 8, 1988

BONN, West Germany (AP) _ West Germany has confidential agreements with its NATO allies on ways to protect nuclear weapons from terrorist attacks or theft, an Interior Ministry spokesman says.

But the spokesman, Roland Bachmeier, refused to confirm reports that members of a special U.S. anti-terrorist team were stationed in West Germany.

″I am not prepared to discuss details,″ Bachmeier told reporters Friday at a press conference.

He said plans to protect nuclear weapons against terrorist attempts to seize them were part of ″secret agreements.″

Reports of the presence of the special team, called the Nuclear Emergency Search Team, surfaced during recent government hearings on a scandal-plagued nuclear waste transport company.

Ingrid Matthaeus-Maier, who chairs the parliamentary investigative committee, said that the panel had come across indications of the team’s presence in West Germany ″by pure chance″ as it sifted through documents.

No other details were released.

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