EXPORT BRIEFS

EXPORT BRIEFS

ISRAEL MAY BUILD

ITS OWN SUPERCOMPUTERDisheartened by U.S. reluctance to allow the export of supercomputers to Israel, scientists in that country are researching a new system more powerful than anything the United States has, Israeli university officials say.

Three Israeli institutions have applied for licenses to buy Cray and IBM supercomputers, but the permits have been delayed out of U.S. concern that Israel might use the fast-computing systems to develop nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. U.S. government agencies thus far have refused to grant the permits.

Maia Hauser, the U.S. spokeswoman for Technion, Israel's leading high-tech university, said, "We'll have to go it on our own."

KOOP BLASTS US EXPORT

OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS

BOSTON - U.S. tobacco sold overseas is often targeted at women and the young, carries no warning labels and threatens the health of people in developing countries, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said.

"Export of tobacco products is a moral outrage," Mr. Koop said at the World Conference on Lung Health meeting on Monday.

While smoking in the United States dropped 5 percent last year, American tobacco exports rose 20 percent, Mr. Koop said. About 100 billion cigarettes were exported last year, he said.