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Cablegate: Soliciting Pledges to Fund the Nuclear Threat

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PP RUEHLA
DE RUEHMD #0755 1910721
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
P 090721Z JUL 08
FM AMEMBASSY MADRID
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 5061
INFO RUEHRL/AMEMBASSY BERLIN 0641
RUEHSW/AMEMBASSY BERN 2963
RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 5321
RUEHBY/AMEMBASSY CANBERRA 0886
RUEHDO/AMEMBASSY DOHA 0184
RUEHDL/AMEMBASSY DUBLIN 0129
RUEHHE/AMEMBASSY HELSINKI 1505
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON 1047
RUEHLE/AMEMBASSY LUXEMBOURG 1605
RUEHMK/AMEMBASSY MANAMA 0222
RUEHMO/AMEMBASSY MOSCOW 0914
RUEHOT/AMEMBASSY OTTAWA 2783
RUEHRH/AMEMBASSY RIYADH 0197
RUEHRO/AMEMBASSY ROME 2394
RUEHUL/AMEMBASSY SEOUL 0735
RUEHSM/AMEMBASSY STOCKHOLM 3092
RUEHTC/AMEMBASSY THE HAGUE 7316
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 0744
RUEHVI/AMEMBASSY VIENNA 0651
RUEHWL/AMEMBASSY WELLINGTON 0118
RUEHLA/AMCONSUL BARCELONA 3490
RHMCSUU/DEPT OF ENERGY WASHINGTON DC
RUEHUNV/USMISSION UNVIE VIENNA 0086
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS

UNCLAS MADRID 000755

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KNNP IAEA ENRG SP
SUBJECT: SOLICITING PLEDGES TO FUND THE NUCLEAR THREAT
INITIATIVE PROPOSAL FOR A NUCLEAR FUEL BANK - SPANISH REPLY

REF: SECSTATE 68313

1. (SBU) On July 1, Poloff conveyed reftel demarche to
Ignacio Sanchez, MFA Deputy Director General for
Nonproliferation, and asked the Spanish government to
consider pledging funds to support the NTI's proposal for the
creation of a nuclear fuel bank. Sanchez replied on July 4
that while Spain favors the creation of a nuclear fuel bank,
they would prefer to work through the IAEA. He explained
that if and when it comes to providing additional funds for
the nuclear fuel bank, Spain would prefer to contribute to
IAEA coffers vice directly to the NTI. Sanchez added that
for Spain it is a question of "ownership" and who has the
lead on the project.
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