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Key Pakistani Is Said to Admit Atom Transfers

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, according to a senior Pakistani official and three Pakistani journalists who attended a special government briefing here on Sunday night. In a two-and-a-half-hour presentation to 20 Pakistani journalists, a senior government official gave an exhaustive and startling account of how Dr. Khan, a national hero, spread secret technology to three countries that have been striving to produce their own nuclear arsenals. Two of them, Iran and North Korea, were among those designated by President Bush as part of an “axis of evil.” If the Pakistani government account is correct, Dr. Khan’s admission amounts to one of the most complex and successful efforts to evade international controls to stop nuclear proliferation. Full Story

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