Key Pakistani Said to Admit Atom Transfers

(New York Times) The founder of Pakistan's nuclear weapons program, Abdul Qadeer Khan, has signed a detailed confession admitting that during the last 15 years he provided Iran, North Korea, and Libya with the designs and technology to produce the fuel for nuclear weapons. Khan presided over a network that smuggled nuclear hardware on chartered planes, shared secret designs for the centrifuges that produce the enriched uranium necessary to develop a nuclear weapon, and gave personal briefings to Iranian, Libyan, and North Korean scientists in covert meetings abroad. Khan said he shared the technology because he thought the emergence of more nuclear states would ease Western attention on Pakistan, and that it would help the Muslim cause.

2004-02-20 00:00:00

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