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AP: Kazakhstan Probes Nuclear Black Market

Kazakhstan has opened an investigation into the nuclear black market that helped Iran, Libya and North Korea, exploring suspected ties in the country that housed much of the Soviet Union’s atomic arsenal, officials told The Associated Press. Kazakhstan’s intelligence agency is examining the Almaty office of a Dubai company linked by President Bush to the market headed by the father of Pakistan’s nuclear program, the officials said. The black market’s potential connection to Kazakhstan — which served as a nuclear testing ground until it disarmed after its 1991 independence — has raised concern about the proliferation of remnants of the Soviet weapons program. Kazakh officials strongly deny any highly enriched uranium — the form used in weapons — has leaked out of the country. Full Story

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