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Death of N. Korean Woman Offers Clues to Pakistani Nuclear Deals

Sources say Kim Sa Nae watched Islamabad’s first bomb tests days before she was killed in 1998, and that secrets left on plane with her body. Ten days after Pakistan tested its first atomic bomb in 1998, the wife of a major North Korean arms dealer was shot to death near the heavily guarded home here of the nuclear program’s leader, Abdul Qadeer Khan. Authorities hushed up the mysterious shooting of Kim Sa Nae, and it was more than a year before news broke that she was probably killed by North Koreans. After Khan’s confession in early February that he secretly sold nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Iran and Libya, Kim’s death is taking on a new meaning as fresh details emerge. Pakistan’s government and military say that Khan and at least seven associates were motivated by greed and acted without official knowledge or approval. But details of Kim’s death on June 7, 1998, and the way Pakistani authorities handled it, may hold clues to what officials actually knew about Khan’s activities. Full Story

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