Monday, February 23, 2004

Black Market

Iran has admitted that it bought nuclear equipment from the "black market":

Iran has acknowledged for the first time that it has bought nuclear equipment on the black market.

A foreign ministry spokesman said certain items were bought from international dealers, including some from the Indian subcontinent.

Hamid Reza Asefi did not say what had been bought or from what countries.

The admission follows recent revelations from Pakistan's top nuclear scientist that he sold nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

Malaysian police said on Friday that agents for the Pakistani scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, had sold Iran $3m of centrifuge equipment in the mid-1990s.


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