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U.S. Sees More Arms Ties Between Pakistan and Korea

A new classified intelligence report presented to the White House last week detailed for the first time the extent to which Pakistan’s Khan Research Laboratories provided North Korea with all the equipment and technology it needed to produce uranium-based nuclear weapons, according to American and Asian officials who have been briefed on its conclusions. The assessment, by the Central Intelligence Agency, confirms the Bush administration’s fears about the accelerated nature of North Korea’s secret uranium weapons program, which some intelligence officials believe could produce a weapon as early as sometime next year. The assessment is based in part on Pakistan’s accounts of its interrogations of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the developer of Pakistan’s bomb, who was pardoned by President Pervez Musharraf in January. The report concluded that North Korea probably received a package very similar to the kind the Khan network sold to Libya for more than $60 million — including nuclear fuel, centrifuges and one or more warhead designs. Full Story

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