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  • The Godfather Of North Korea's Nuclear Bomb Is A Pakistani National Treasure

    04/01/2013 11:43:30 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 2 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb. 12, 2013 | Rob Crilly, The Telegraph
    There is nothing much unusual about armed guards outside the houses in my quiet, neat neighbourhood of Islamabad. These are the homes of retired generals, well-connected politicians and international aid workers, all of whom might be targets for Pakistani extremists. But one house stands out. Instead of frail, elderly guards armed with shotguns, one house is ringed by uniformed police officers with AK-47s. Roadblocks control traffic, floodlights illuminate an area of scrub that has been cleared of trees and machine gun positions have been dug in all around. This is the home of AQ Khan, the metallurgist who did more...
  • Hillary Clinton urges Pakistan on nuclear proliferation

    10/28/2009 1:25:59 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 651+ views ^ | Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2009 | n/a
    ISLAMABAD: SNIPPET: "‘But we worry about proliferation and we have good reason to worry about proliferation,’ she said, alluding to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. The United States has warned that the scientist, who was effectively put under a five-year house arrest after he admitted leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya, is still a proliferation risk. ‘We want to encourage Pakistan to join with us in the non-proliferation review conference that will be held next spring,’ Clinton told reporters travelling with her. ‘We want them to work with us on the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty. We want them...
  • A.Q. Khan still poses proliferation risk, US warns

    09/02/2009 1:58:08 AM PDT · by Cindy · 8 replies · 744+ views
    (AFP) via ^ | Wednesday, 02 Sep, 2009 | 06:30 AM PST | n/a
    PAKISTAN SNIPPET: "WASHINGTON: The United States warned Tuesday that reputed Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who has regained freedom of movement in Pakistan, still risks spreading his nuclear weapons know-how. It stopped short of criticizing its ally in the war on terror but recalled that Washington has long raised with Islamabad its fears about Khan, who five years ago admitted leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya." SNIPPET: "David Albright, a former UN weapons inspector and nuclear specialist, told AFP that ‘it is a mistake’ to remove restrictions on a man who cannot be ‘trusted.’He said there is...
  • (AP) - Lawyer for Pakistani nuclear scientist AQ Khan says court orders all curbs on him lifted.

    08/28/2009 12:59:13 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 683+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | August 28, 2009 | N/A
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  • Pakistan insists Khan network dismantled

    02/07/2009 10:40:45 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 255+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 2/8/09 | Asif Shahazad - ap
    ISLAMABAD – Pakistan sought to allay U.S. concern about the freedom of notorious nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, insisting Saturday that his network which allegedly supplied Iran and North Korea with atomic technology has been probed and dismantled and cannot rise again. Khan, feted in Pakistan for his key role in making it a nuclear weapons state, emerged from five years of de facto house arrest on Friday after a court declared him a "free citizen" subject to a secret agreement with the government.
  • Disgraced Pakistan A-bomb scientist declared free

    02/06/2009 3:23:24 PM PST · by annalex · 15 replies · 643+ views
    AP ^ | 02/06/09 | MUNIR AHMAD
    Disgraced Pakistan A-bomb scientist declared free By MUNIR AHMAD – 1 hour agoISLAMABAD (AP) — The man who made Pakistan into a nuclear power and later took responsibility for leaking atomic secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya walked out of his home Friday after reaching a secret deal with the government that ended years of de facto house arrest.The decision to grant freedom of movement to Abdul Qadeer Khan stirred alarm in Washington, which worries that Iran has continued to pursue nuclear arms and that Pakistan may not be able to safeguard its own arsenal in the face...
  • Pakistan sets free scientist AQ Khan [Nuke Blackmarketeer]

    02/06/2009 2:28:23 AM PST · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 42 replies · 1,605+ views
    HT ^ | February 06, 2009 | HT
    Pakistan's disgraced nuclear scientist AQ Khan, who has been accused of running a proliferation network, Friday walked out a free man after the Islamabad High Court ended his house arrest. "These things happen. We should forget and look forward," Khan said after being declared a free man by the court. Khan told reporters that Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif had also been "inside". "The government had made arrangements and nobody could hurt me. Now also, the government will take care," Khan said. Chief Justice Sardar Muhammad Aslam, while announcing a verdict on several petitions...
  • (Pakistani scientist)A Q Khan offered Osama N-weapons before 9/11

    12/14/2008 6:51:32 PM PST · by Cronos · 8 replies · 752+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 14 Dec 2008 | PTI
    Barely a month before the 9/11 terror attacks, two Pakistani nuclear scientists, said to be close to disgraced Abdul Qadeer Khan, met up with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and offered to supply him with atomic weapons, according to a newly released book Chaudiri Abdul Majeed and Sultan Bashiruddin Mahmood, who held a series of senior posts in Pakistani nuke programme, went to Taliban headquarters in Kandahar in mid-August 2001 and spent three days with bin Laden who was keen on acquiring weapons of mass destruction, the book says. In fact, Mahmood was said to be more close to Khan,...
  • Pakistan’s Dr Nuke bids for the presidency (A.Q. Khan for president?)

    08/27/2008 5:48:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 131+ views
    Times of London ^ | 08/24/08 | Simon Henderson
    Pakistan’s Dr Nuke bids for the presidency The ‘rogue scientist’ blamed for selling bomb secrets has strong popular support, writes his confidant Simon Henderson After the resignation of Pervez Musharraf, who will be the next president of Pakistan? A controversial politician such as Benazir Bhutto’s widower, Asif Ali Zardari, or a nonpolitical figure? If the latter, it might, just might, be the detained nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. Last week a group of lawyers in the Pakistani city of Lahore marched in support of Khan’s candidacy. His actual election, requiring a majority vote in the national assembly, would shock...
  • Day after AQ (Khan) claim, Pak says case closed

    07/05/2008 10:25:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 7 replies · 162+ views
    The Times of India ^ | Jul 2008, 0042 hrs IST, | AGENCIES
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's foreign ministry insisted on Saturday that its nuclear proliferation case was closed, a day after the disgraced architect of its atomic program claimed the army under President Pervez Musharraf helped spread the technology. Abdul Qadeer Khan said on Friday that Pakistan's army supervised a 2000 shipment of used P-1 centrifuges to North Korea. It must have been sent with the approval of Musharraf, the then-army chief who took power in a 1999 coup, Khan alleged. "It was a North Korean plane, and the army had complete knowledge about it and the equipment," Khan said. "It must have gone...
  • What secrets is AQ Khan keeping?

    06/21/2008 5:28:30 PM PDT · by The_Republican · 4 replies · 252+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 21st, 2008 | Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins
    Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan has been living in official disgrace for more than four years, confined to his estate in Islamabad after confessing that he sold nuclear technology to Libya, Iran and North Korea. But his image as a national hero remains intact for most of his countrymen, who still regard him as the father of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal and the man who brought pride to a downtrodden country. Since the new coalition government took the reins in Pakistan this spring, momentum has been building to free Khan from house arrest and restore him to his former glory. As...
  • One-Click Nuclear Shopping - Why 'Anti-Proliferation' is Doomed

    06/17/2008 9:34:31 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies · 106+ views ^ | June 17, 2008 | Arthur Herman
    Imagine clicking and downloading your own nuclear-bomb blueprints. That, it seems, is what the nuclear-technology-smuggling ring led by renegade Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan allowed its customers to do, for the right price. A former top UN nuclear-weapons expert revealed Sunday that laptops captured from the Khan ring contained a step-by-step blueprint for building a modern nuke. Bottom line: In the digital age, the know-how to become a nuclear power is only a mouse click away for a rogue nation like Iran. The story reads like a Ted Bell thriller. The ouster of Saddam Hussein in 2003 prompted Libya's Moammar...
  • A U.N. Khan Job

    06/16/2008 5:13:34 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 107+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 16, 2008
    WMDs: Blueprints for a nuclear weapon compatible with the ballistic missiles of Iran, North Korea and other rogue states were found on computers of the notorious Khan smuggling ring. Will a complacent world wake up?It's clear that it's getting easier to build and use a nuclear bomb. If civilized countries want to stop their biggest cities from becoming radioactive craters, they'd better implement a no-tolerance policy against nuclear proliferation. It's unacceptable to find — four years after their seizure — that computers in Switzerland, Bangkok and several other cities housed sophisticated electronic designs for a Pakistani atomic bomb, in a...
  • Officials fear design of nuclear bomb went to others

    06/16/2008 8:42:30 AM PDT · by vietvet67 · 15 replies · 601+ views
    IHT ^ | June 16, 2008 | David E. Sanger and William J. Broad
    WASHINGTON: Four years after Abdul Qadeer Khan, the leader of the world's largest atomic black market, was put under house arrest and his operation declared over, international inspectors and Western officials are confronting a new mystery left by him, this time over who may have received blueprints for a sophisticated and compact nuclear weapon found on his network's computers. Working in secret for two years, investigators have tracked the digitized blueprints to Khan computers in Switzerland, Dubai, Malaysia and Thailand. The blueprints are electronic and rapidly reproducible for creating a weapon that is relatively small and easy to hide, making...
  • Smugglers Gave Nuke Plans to Iran?

    06/15/2008 4:43:02 PM PDT · by Flavius · 10 replies · 95+ views
    ap ^ | 6/15/08 | ap
    (AP / WASHINGTON) — An international smuggling ring may have secretly shared blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon with Iran, North Korea and other rogue countries, The Washington Post reported Sunday The smuggling ring was led by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.
  • Report: International Smuggling Ring May Have Shared Advanced Nukes Design With Iran

    06/15/2008 11:10:57 AM PDT · by Fennie · 3 replies · 84+ views
    Haaretz ^ | June 15, 2008
    An international smuggling ring may have secretly shared blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon with Iran, North Korea and other rogue countries, The Washington Post reported Sunday. The now-defunct ring led by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan is previously known to have sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea. A draft report by former top United Nations arms inspector David Albright says the smugglers also acquired designs for building a more sophisticated compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic missile used by Iran and other developing countries, according to the Post...
  • Nuclear Ring Reportedly Had Advanced Weapon Design

    06/15/2008 9:55:46 AM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies · 307+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 15, 2008 | DAVID E. SANGER
    WASHINGTON — American and international investigators say that they have found the electronic blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon on computers that belonged to the nuclear smuggling network run by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the rogue Pakistani nuclear scientist, but that they have not been able to determine whether they were sold to Iran or the smuggling... --snip-- It was not until 2005 that officials of the I.A.E.A., which is based in Vienna, finally cracked the hard drives on the Khan computers recovered around the world. And as they sifted through files and images on the hard drives, investigators found tons...
  • Father of Pakistan's Bomb Stands Defiant

    06/05/2008 12:23:09 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 4 replies · 188+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, June 5, 2008 | Candace Rondeaux
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The garden is in full bloom at Abdul Qadeer Khan's house. A lazy summer haze has settled over his manse, and at the small police substation across the way, several men chitchatted amiably on a recent day, barely glancing at the upscale villa that for the past four years has been part prison, part palatial refuge for the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb. Until very recently, Khan has been virtually cut off from the world -- banished to house arrest by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after admitting in a national television broadcast in 2004 to selling nuclear...
  • AQ Khan recants nuclear admission

    06/04/2008 3:41:57 PM PDT · by milestogo · 8 replies · 124+ views
    AQ Khan recants nuclear admission WASHINGTON: Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan told the US media on Tuesday that he was not responsible for passing nuclear secrets to Iran and Libya, back-pedalling from his earlier admissions. In an interview with the McClatchy news organisation, Khan said he had introduced Tripoli and Tehran to Western businesses that provided information on building a nuclear weapons programme. Khan had confessed in February 2004 that he had run a network that passed atomic secrets, equipment and technological advice to Iran, North Korea and Libya over a period of 15 years, a statement he recanted...
  • Pakistani Nuclear Scientist Hospitalized

    03/05/2008 12:29:43 AM PST · by james500 · 4 replies · 136+ views
    AP via Newsday ^ | 3:04 AM EST, March 5, 2008
    The Pakistani scientist disgraced for selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya has been hospitalized after complaining of weakness, the military said Wednesday. Medics who checked on Abdul Qadeer Khan at his home Tuesday found that he was suffering from low blood pressure and fever, probably due to an infection, a military statement said. He was subsequently admitted to a hospital for a detailed examination, it said. Doctors are hopeful that Khan will make a full recovery and return home in a couple of days.
  • Those Nuclear Flashpoints Are Made in Pakistan (scientist Khan)

    11/11/2007 6:59:13 AM PST · by RDTF · 14 replies · 164+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Nov 11, 2007 | Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins
    George W. Bush is hardly the first U.S. president to forgive sins against democracy by a Pakistani leader. Like his predecessors from Jimmy Carter onward, Bush has tolerated bad behavior in hopes that Pakistan might do Washington's bidding on some urgent U.S. priority -- in this case, a crackdown on al-Qaeda. But the scariest legacy of Bush's failed bargain with Gen. Pervez Musharraf isn't the rise of another U.S.-backed dictatorship in a strategic Muslim nation, or even the establishment of a new al-Qaeda haven along Pakistan's lawless border. It's the leniency we've shown toward the most dangerous nuclear-trafficking operation in...
  • How the West summoned up a nuclear nightmare in Pakistan

    09/02/2007 4:15:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies · 1,296+ views
    The Sunday Times,U.K ^ | September 2, 2007 | Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark
    From The Sunday Times September 2, 2007 How the West summoned up a nuclear nightmare in Pakistan Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark reveal how misguided deals with Pakistan have created a terrifying threat of nuclear terrorism General Pervez Musharraf was surprised. Visiting New York for a session of the UN, the last thing the Pakistani president expected was to be confronted with evidence of his country’s secret sales of nuclear bomb technology and equipment to members of the “axis of evil”. Yet here on the polished wooden table of Musharraf’s hotel suite, George Tenet, director of the CIA, was laying...
  • A Q Khan nuclear network alive and kicking_(NUKES here, get your NUKES here !!!)

    05/19/2007 6:01:06 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 508+ views
    asia times ^ | 5/15/07 | asia times
    WASHINGTON - When US President George W Bush announced on February 11, 2004, that the infamous nuclear-black-market network run by Pakistan's Abdul Qadeer Khan had been rolled up, everyone concerned with nuclear-proliferation issues breathed a huge sigh of relief.
  • Five Executives Are Arrested in Japan(Nuclear Equipment to Malaysia)

    08/25/2006 1:09:04 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 7 replies · 379+ views
    New York Times ^ | 25 Aug 2006 | MARTIN FACKLER
    TOKYO, Aug. 25 — Five executives of the Mitutoyo Corporation, a precision instruments maker, were arrested today on suspicion of illegally exporting equipment to Malaysia that could be used in making nuclear weapons. Japanese television broadcast video images of police raiding the company’s headquarters in the city of Kawasaki. A spokesman for the Tokyo Metropolitan Police said the president of the company, Kazusaku Tezuka, 67, and four other executives were taken into custody. The case turns on what the police said were shipments of advanced measuring devices that were sent to an unspecified recipient in Malaysia in late 2001 without...
  • "Dr. Qadeer Khan has cancer" spokesman

    08/23/2006 12:10:01 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 16 replies · 675+ views (Pakistan) ^ | August 23, 2006 | DAWN Reporter
    ISLAMABAD, Aug 22: Nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has been found to be suffering from prostrate cancer, the government said on Tuesday. In a routine medical examination of the architect of Pakistan’s nuclear programme early this month, tests revealed slightly raised level of serum prostrate specific atigen (PSA), an official spokesman said. Immediately, a detailed examination was conducted at the KRL hospital to ensure an accurate diagnosis, including ultrasound and guided biopsy. The test results were also analysed by at least two leading histopathologists. The spokesman said the results had indicated adino carcinoma (cancer) of prostrate, adding that further...
  • Father of Pakistani A-Bomb Has Cancer

    08/22/2006 7:49:00 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 30 replies · 510+ views
    ABC News ^ | Aug 22, 2006 | MATTHEW PENNINGTON
    Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who developed the Muslim world's first nuclear bomb and later confessed to leaking weapons technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya, is battling prostate cancer, the government said Tuesday. The announcement could lead to renewed calls for Pakistan to let the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency question the 70-year-old scientist over his international black market dealings a request that Pakistan's government reiterated it would refuse. Khan was diagnosed with cancer earlier this month following a routine examination, according to a Ministry of Information statement that gave no details about his condition. Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim...

    08/22/2006 10:34:03 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 26 replies · 813+ views
    ADN Kronos (Italy) ^ | August 22, 2006
    Excerpt - Islamabad, 22 August (AKI)- The father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, disgraced scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has been diagnosed with prostate cancer, the online site of the Pakistani GEO television network reported Tuesday. The cancer was detected during a routine medical test in early August and confirmed by a detailed examination at a hospital near Islamabad, the report said citing a government statement. "The results have unfortunately indicated adino-carcinoma (cancer) of the prostate. Further investigations are being conducted by a board of doctors," the statement said. Khan played the key role in developing Pakistan's nuclear military capability, which...
  • AQ Khan-esque nuclear-trafficking continues: Jane’s

    06/20/2006 5:06:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 411+ views
    Daily Times (Pakistan) ^ | June 21, 2006 | Khalid Hasan
    AQ Khan-esque N-trafficking continues: Jane’s WASHINGTON: Despite the break-up of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s nuclear smuggling operation, there have been several indications in the past two years that trafficking activities along similar lines continue, according to Jane’s. In a news report circulated on June 16, the generally authoritative British publication said that portions of the AQ Khan network appear to be intact. Several officials involved in investigating the network’s activities said it now appears that parts of the organisation are yet to be uncovered and includes individuals who are more senior in the Khan network than previously believed. The...
  • I suspected Khan for three years: Musharraf

    06/02/2006 11:06:11 AM PDT · by robowombat · 12 replies · 506+ views
    Pakistan Times via Rediff ^ | February 10, 2004
    I suspected Khan for three years: Musharraf PTI | February 10, 2004 | 10:43 IST Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has acknowledged for the first time that he had suspected for at least three years that his country's top scientist was sharing nuclear technology with other countries, but argued the US had not given him convincing proof. In an hour-long interview with the New York Times on Monday Musharraf shared blame for the delay with Washington saying it was not until October that American officials provided him with evidence of the activities of the scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan. "If they knew...
  • Iran Claims Nuclear Steps in New Worry

    04/17/2006 7:22:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 572+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 17, 2006 | WILLIAM J. BROAD and DAVID E. SANGER
    Of all the claims that Iran made last week about its nuclear program, a one-sentence assertion by its president has provoked such surprise and concern among international nuclear inspectors they are planning to confront Tehran about it this week. The assertion involves Iran's claim that even while it begins to enrich small amounts of uranium, it is pursuing a far more sophisticated way of making atomic fuel that American officials and inspectors say could speed Iran's path to developing a nuclear weapon. Iran has consistently maintained that it abandoned work on this advanced technology, called the P-2 centrifuge, three years...
  • A.Q. Khan gave North Korea centrifuges, confirms Musharraf

    08/25/2005 7:25:06 AM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies · 646+ views
    The Hindu (India) ^ | 25/08/2005
    A.Q. Khan gave North Korea centrifuges, confirms Musharraf Pakistan is self-reliant in nuclear and missile development, says President TOKYO: Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has confirmed that disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan provided North Korea with centrifuge machines and their designs, Kyodo news agency said on Wednesday. Mr. Khan, revered in Pakistan as the man who gave his country the weapons capability to balance that of the nuclear-armed neighbour India, admitted last year to leaking nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea. In an interview with Kyodo on Tuesday, Gen. Musharraf spoke in public for the first time about...
  • Dr AQ Khan provided centrifuges to N. Korea

    08/25/2005 12:04:25 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 4 replies · 351+ views
    Japanese news agency Kyodo ^ | August 25, 2005 | staff writer
    ISLAMABAD, Aug 24: President General Pervez Musharraf has denied the allegations that transfers of centrifuge designs to N Korea by Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan helped N Korea in acquiring nuclear weapons. The president confirmed that Dr Khan provided centrifuge machines and their designs to N Korea, but said these transfers did not help North Korea acquire a nuclear weapons capability. “So, if N Korea has made a bomb...Dr. A.Q. Khan’s part is only enriching the uranium to weapons grade." said Musharraf. Asked to comment on reports that Mr. Khan gave about 20 centrifuges to North Korea, Gen Musharraf said: “Yes,...
  • Pakistan Now Says Scientist Did Send Koreans Nuclear Gear

    08/24/2005 8:50:05 PM PDT · by bloggodocio · 4 replies · 323+ views
    NYT ^ | August 25, 2005 | SALMAN MASOOD and DAVID ROHDE
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 24 - Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, confirmed Tuesday for the first time that a Pakistani nuclear scientist had provided North Korea with centrifuge machines that could be used to make fuel for an atomic bomb, a Japanese news agency reported. In an interview here with the agency, Kyodo News, General Musharraf said the former head of his country's nuclear program, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, had sent "centrifuges - parts and complete" to North Korea.
  • AQ(Khan) gave centrifuges to North Korea

    08/24/2005 3:33:04 PM PDT · by milestogo · 3 replies · 294+ views
    AQ gave centrifuges to North Korea ISLAMABAD (AFP) - President Pervez Musharraf has confirmed that nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan provided North Korea with centrifuges and their designs, his spokesman said Wednesday. But military ruler Musharraf, who made the statement to Japan’s Kyodo news agency, added that the equipment handed over by Dr Khan did not in itself give the Stalinist state a nuclear weapons capability. “Yes, he passed centrifuges - parts and complete. I do not exactly remember the number,” Musharraf said when asked about reports that Islamabad had told Tokyo that Khan provided North Korea with about...
  • Cheney Zotted up Pakistan's Nuclear Black Market

    08/10/2005 9:20:28 PM PDT · by ttsmi · 20 replies · 923+ views
    South Asia Tribune ^ | 11 Aug | Jason Leopold
    Bush, Vice President Cheney and top members of the administration reacted with shock when they found out that Abdul Qadeer Khan, Pakistan’s top nuclear scientist, spent the past 15 years selling outlaw nations nuclear technology and equipment. So it was sort of a surprise when Bush, upon finding out about Khan’s proliferation of nuclear technology, let Pakistan off with a slap on the wrist. But it was all an act. In fact, it was actually a cover-up designed to shield Cheney because he knew about the proliferation for more than a decade and did nothing to stop it. Cheney went...
  • Pak's N-father baled out by CIA

    08/10/2005 9:17:39 PM PDT · by voletti · 6 replies · 470+ views
    Times of India ^ | 8/11/05 | C Rajghatta
    The Bush administration on Tuesday ducked for cover from stunning new revelations that the CIA prevailed upon the Dutch government to let Pakistan's nuclear smuggler AQ Khan escape Netherlands in the 1970s. Washington said the case was old and it could not comment on intelligence matters. "It's not something that I feel we really have anything to say about...because (a) it deals with events long in the past; (b) it deals with intelligence matters," State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said at his daily briefing. QUESTION: Is it just because you didn't prepare any or you're not going to? MR ERELI:...
  • U.S. protected Pakistan nuke scientist - Dutch ex-PM

    08/10/2005 8:02:27 AM PDT · by Gengis Khan · 3 replies · 364+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 9, 2005 10:15 PM IST
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands declined to take action against a top Pakistani nuclear scientist in 1975 and 1986 at the request of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a former Dutch prime minister said on Tuesday. Former Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers told Dutch radio in an interview that the CIA had asked the Netherlands in 1975 not to prosecute Abdul Qadeer Khan, now dubbed the father of Pakistan's atom bomb, despite suspicions he was stealing information. "The Americans wished to follow and watch Khan to get more information," public radio quoted Lubbers as saying. The CIA declined to comment on...
  • Disgraced Nuclear Proliferator AQ Khan "still a hero" says Musharraf

    06/20/2005 9:51:35 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 4 replies · 376+ views
    Source: PRESIDENT General Pervez Musharraf has said nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme, was pardoned as the latter had provided security to the country when it was facing near extinction. He said this was the reason why Dr AQ Khan despite charges of proliferation levelled against him, was still a national hero. “He gave us security when we were threatened with extinction... That is why he is a hero. But the world doesn’t understand this,” The New Zealand Herald quoted him as saying.
  • IAEA blueprints for nuclear enrichment have gone missing

    06/10/2005 12:32:38 AM PDT · by bloggodocio · 14 replies · 600+ views
    Electronic drawings that give comprehensive details of how to build and test equipment essential for making nuclear bombs have vanished and could be put up for sale on the international black market, according to UN investigators. The blueprints, running to hundreds of pages, show how to make centrifuges for enriching uranium. In addition, the investigators have been unable to trace key components for uranium centrifuge rigs and fear that drawings for a nuclear warhead have been secreted away and could be for sale. Inspectors at the UN's nuclear authority, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), have been investigating the worst...
  • Pak nuke scientist A Q Khan met Osama: Report

    04/03/2005 8:30:54 AM PDT · by milestogo · 50 replies · 1,536+ views
    Pak nuke scientist A Q Khan met Osama: Report Sunday, 03 April , 2005, 12:24 New Delhi: Pakistani scientists Abdul Qadeer Khan and Sultan Bashiruddin Mehmood had held meetings with Osama bin Laden and other Al-Qaeda leaders, exchanged letters with militant organisations like the Lashkar-e-Toiba and attended their gatherings and rallies, a media report said. "When the CIA searched (Sultan Bashiruddin) Mehmood’s UTN (Umma Tameere-Nau) office in Kabul, they found large amounts of data on the construction and maintenance of nuclear weapons from the Kahuta laboratories. It also found letters exchanged between the UTN and Islamist extremist organisations including Lashkar-e-Toiba",...
  • Pakistan refuses Rice's request for US access to A Q Khan

    03/29/2005 6:05:53 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 13 replies · 706+ views
    PTI ^ | 29 March, 2005 | PTI
    Washington, Mar 29 : Pakistan rejected US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's request to allow Americans to question disgraced scientist A Q Khan over his alleged role in Iran's nuclear programme, a report said here today. Rice, who was in Pakistan last week, requested direct American access to Khan "so that the US intelligence community could ask him about his nuclear handiwork in Iran. "But all she obtained was permission to submit a list of questions to Khan," The Washington Times said. It also said that both the US and Israel "have contingency plans to launch air strikes against Iran's...
  • Pakistan Considering Sending Nuclear Parts to IAEA

    03/25/2005 1:56:57 AM PST · by Righty_McRight · 1 replies · 281+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2005 | Zeeshan Haider
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - President Pervez Musharraf said Pakistan is considering sending centrifuge components to the U.N. nuclear agency, which could enable the international watchdog to determine if Iran (news - web sites) has been building an atomic bomb. Diplomats familiar with a U.N. investigation into Iran's nuclear program said this month that Pakistan had agreed to hand over the parts so U.N. inspectors could compare them with machinery sold to Iran by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb program. Musharraf told the private Aaj television channel, in comments made available on Friday, that Pakistan was in negotiations...
  • Pakistan denies it sending centrifuges to IAEA for testing

    03/13/2005 10:47:26 PM PST · by Righty_McRight · 269+ views
    South Asia - AFP ^ | Sun, Mar 13, 2005 | South Asia - AFP
    ISLAMABAD (AFP) - Pakistan has denied reports that it was to send used centrifuge parts to the UN atomic agency to trace the origin of highly enriched uranium contamination found in Iran (news - web sites). We are not providing any centrifuges," Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman Jalil Abbas Jilani told AFP on Monday. "These are entirely baseless reports." Diplomats in Vienna Sunday told AFP Pakistan was sending used centrifuge parts to the UN atomic agency to help it figure out the origin of highly enriched uranium contamination found in Iran. Pakistan last week admitted that Abdul Qadeer Khan, the disgraced...
  • Pakistan Admits Rogue Scientist Aided Iran

    03/10/2005 1:53:51 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 9 replies · 469+ views
    AP ^ | 10 March, 2005 | AP
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - After years of denials, Pakistan admitted Thursday that its top nuclear scientist sold crucial equipment to Iran (news - web sites), but said it knew nothing of his activities when they occurred and insisted he will not be turned over to another country for prosecution. The admission by the Pakistani information minister was the first public acknowledgment that Abdul Qadeer Khan provided Iran's secret nuclear program with centrifuges, a crucial component needed to enrich uranium and produce nuclear material for warheads. "Dr. Abdul Qadeer gave some centrifuges to Iran," the minister, Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, told The Associated...

    02/28/2005 7:10:35 AM PST · by Traianus · 2 replies · 497+ views
    PAKISTAN: KHAN NETWORK MET IRANIANS IN 1987 Washington, 28 Feb. (AKI) - International investigators have uncovered evidence of a meeting 18 years ago between Iranian officials and associates of the disgraced nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan to provide Iran with the basics of a nuclear weapons programme, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Khan admitted in February 2004 to having illegally exported nuclear centrifuges, arms and know-how to Iran, Libya, and North Korea. The meeting, believed to have taken place in a dusty Dubai office in 1987, kick-started Tehran's nuclear efforts and Khan's black market network, the report claimed. The...
  • A High-Risk Nuclear Stakeout(Pakistani nuke transfers to Libya)

    02/27/2005 8:22:55 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies · 802+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 27/2/05 | Douglas Frantz
    A High-Risk Nuclear Stakeout The U.S. took too long to act, some experts say, letting a Pakistani scientist sell illicit technology well after it knew of his operation. By Douglas Frantz, Times Staff Writer WASHINGTON — Nuclear warhead plans that Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan sold to Libya were more complete and detailed than previously disclosed, raising new concerns about the cost of Washington's watch-and-wait policy before Khan and his global black market were shut down last year. Two Western nuclear weapons specialists who have examined the top-secret designs say the hundreds of pages of engineering drawings and handwritten notes...
  • Dr AQ Khan network offered Iran N-kit

    02/27/2005 3:06:03 PM PST · by milestogo · 1 replies · 409+ views
    ‘Dr AQ Khan network offered Iran N-kit’WASHINGTON: Investigators have found evidence of a meeting 18 years ago between Iranian officials and associates of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan that resulted in a written offer to supply Tehran with the makings of a nuclear weapons programme, The Washington Post reported in its Sunday edition.While Iran recently told the International Atomic Energy Agency it turned down the chance to buy the more sensitive equipment required for building the core of a bomb, there is evidence the country used Dr AQ Khan’s offer as a guide to acquire some of the pricier items elsewhere,...
  • Iran Was Offered Nuclear Parts(in 1987, by A.Q. Khan)

    02/27/2005 7:00:15 AM PST · by milestogo · 4 replies · 328+ views
    Iran Was Offered Nuclear Parts Secret Meeting in 1987 May Have Begun Program By Dafna Linzer Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, February 27, 2005; Page A01 International investigators have uncovered evidence of a secret meeting 18 years ago between Iranian officials and associates of Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan that resulted in a written offer to supply Tehran with the makings of a nuclear weapons program, foreign diplomats and U.S. officials familiar with the new findings said. The meeting, believed to have taken place in a dusty Dubai office in 1987, kick-started Tehran's nuclear efforts and Khan's black market. Iran,...
  • US probing whether Khan sold nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia, others

    02/06/2005 11:05:55 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 556+ views
    Agence France Presse | February 6, 2005
    The United States is investigating whether Pakistani scientist Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan sold nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia and other countries, Time magazine reported Sunday. The news weekly, citing a source in Pakistan's defense ministry, said that Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, had also played a bigger role in helping Iran and North Korea with their nuclear programs than had been previously disclosed. "US intelligence officials believe Khan sold North Korea much of the material needed to build a bomb, including high-speed centrifuges used to enrich uranium and the equipment required to manufacture more of them," Time...
  • The Armageddon Conspiracy

    02/06/2005 10:05:23 AM PST · by Brian Mosely · 7 replies · 510+ views
    2/6/2005: The Armageddon Conspiracy TIME Magazine's new issue (not yet online) contains an alarming report that the nuclear black market run by Pakistan's Abdul Qadeer Khan was able to spread its tentacles much further than previously believed: New York, NY - U.S. officials are investigating whether Khan’s network might have sold nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries, according to a source in Pakistan's Defense Ministry. At a moment when the international community is focused on a potential showdown with Iran, an extensive TIME investigation has revealed that Khan's network played a bigger role in helping Tehran...