The hunt for middlemen who worked with the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program to supply rogue regimes with weapons technology has widened to Japan and Africa, diplomats said Thursday. Suspects in Germany and two other European countries are also being investigated in the growing probe of the clandestine black market apparently headed by Abdul Qadeer Khan of Pakistan, they said. Also, Malaysia announced Thursday it would investigate a company controlled by the prime minister’s son for its alleged role in supplying components to Libya’s nuclear program. The company also has been linked to the international nuclear black market tied to Pakistan. The chief U.N. nuclear inspector said Thursday that Khan was an “important part” of the clandestine supply chain, but he said long and painstaking investigations into who sold what and to whom lay ahead. Full Story
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