Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Iran's nuclear quest

It is becoming more evident that Pakistan is involved with Iran's nuclear quest:

Pakistani authorities said Monday that they were questioning Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, about possible links between the nuclear programs in their country and Iran.

The interrogation comes after diplomats said last month that the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna was investigating information provided by Iran that linked some Pakistanis to Tehran's nuclear program.

An Iranian uranium enrichment process used centrifuge designs identical to those once used by Pakistan, officials said. Khan originally took the designs from a European company where he worked in the 1970s, intelligence officials said.

A Pakistani diplomat said in a brief telephone interview that authorities in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital, were questioning Khan. The diplomat stressed that Khan had not been implicated in any wrongdoing.

"Dr. Khan is simply being asked what he knows about this matter," said the diplomat, who spoke on condition that his name not be used.


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