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AP: Pakistan Knew of Nuclear Black Market

U.N. investigators are increasingly certain Pakistan government leaders knew the country’s top atomic scientist was supplying other nations with nuclear technology and designs, particularly North Korea, diplomats told The Associated Press. While rogue nations were the main customers of the nuclear black market, sales of enriched uranium and warhead drawings have fed international fears that terrorists also could have bought weapons technology or material, the diplomats said. The investigation has widened beyond Iran, Libya and North Korea — the identified customers of the network headed by Abdul Qadeer Khan — they said, speaking on condition of anonymity in a series of interviews. The diplomats’ assessment comes about half way through the probe by the International Atomic Energy Agency and western intelligence services into the Khan network, whose tentacles extended from Pakistan to Dubai, Malaysia, South Korea, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Britain, the Netherlands and beyond with potential ties to Syria, Turkey and Spain. Full Story

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