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More Companies Eyed in Black Market Nukes

An investigation of the black market supplying nations seeking nuclear arms has spread to more than 20 firms — some of them North American — the chief of the U.N. atomic agency told The Associated Press Friday. A senior diplomat identified one of the firms as U.S. based. The diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, also said Syria and Saudi Arabia were being investigated as possible buyer nations, beyond Iraq, Iran, Libya and North Korea — the countries known to have been in contact with Pakistani scientist A.Q. Khan and members of his procurement network. But the diplomat, who is familiar with the Vienna-based IAEA told the AP that “there has been no proof” that would warrant the reporting of Syria and Saudi Arabia to the IAEA’s board of governors. Full Story

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