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Wednesday, August 24, 2005

MUSHARRAF: "AQ KHAN GAVE CENTRIFUGES TO NORTH KOREA."

BBC:
Disgraced Pakistani scientist AQ Khan supplied North Korea with centrifuges and their designs, President Pervez Musharraf has confirmed. Centrifuges enrich uranium which can be used for making nuclear bombs. It is the first time Pakistan has given details about the type of technology Dr Khan transferred to Pyongyang. ... Dr Khan has admitted leaking nuclear secrets to North Korea, Libya and Iran. Pakistan's government has always denied any involvement. ... Dr Khan has been under house arrest since his public confession in February 2004 that he illegally transferred nuclear technology to countries including North Korea, Libya and Iran. The man still regarded by many Pakistanis as a national hero was given a pardon by President Musharraf because of his services to the nation's nuclear industry. Dr Khan has not been allowed to receive visitors and international investigators probing global nuclear proliferation have not been allowed to question him. Pakistan this year confirmed Dr Khan had supplied nuclear centrifuges to Iran. President Musharraf has previously said the discovery of the Khan network was the most embarrassing episode in his political career.
EMBARRASSMENT AND DISGRACE ARE NOT ENOUGH. HOUSE ARREST (AFTER AN UNPARDONABLE PARDON) IS NOT ENOUGH. AQ KHAN AND HIS "NUCLEAR CRIME NETWORK" HAVE DONE MORE TO DESTABILIZE THE WORLD THAN ANYONE EXCEPT BINLADEN. HE SHOULD BE ARRESTED - FOR REAL- TRIED BY A MILITARY TRIBUNAL, AND WHEN HE IS CONVICTED... SHOT DEAD. MORAL CLARITY AND SIMPLE JUSTICE DEMAND IT.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

sheesh!

come on george!
what are you waitin for?

Fred Fry said...

"given a pardon by President Musharraf because of his services to the nation's nuclear industry"

You mean stealing state secrets and selling them to a country that is not exactly their freind either. If the Pakistani Government wanted to sell anyone the damn things they probably could have gotten a fortune from them. (Of course N. Korea would have had to pay with counterfit US $100 bills, but that's a minor detail.)

Anonymous said...

the american taxpayer has contributed billions of dollars to develop and stockpile thousands of incontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear warheads...but when are we going to get value for money?

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