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  • The Black Sea: Center of the nuclear black market

    12/18/2011 9:27:39 AM PST · by mojito · 3 replies
    Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists ^ | 12/15/2011 | Maj. Gen. Bruce Lawlor (ret.)
    The Black Sea region is the center of the world's nuclear black market, with Russia being the known or suspected source of most nuclear contraband and Turkey the preferred destination. To date, known attempts at nuclear smuggling have been unsuccessful, because the insiders who stole fissile material were not experienced at finding buyers and moving the material across country borders. Recently, however, organized crime appears to have become involved in some nuclear trafficking. Such involvement threatens to change the nuclear terrorism equation, providing the marketing and transportation expertise previously lacking. The US response to nuclear smuggling is handled by the...
  • 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 DAWN.com ^ | 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...
  • 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,...
  • Syria, NKorea helped Iran develop nuclear programme: German report (Der Spiegel)

    06/21/2008 7:20:29 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 152+ views
    AFP ^ | 06/21/08
    Syria, NKorea helped Iran develop nuclear programme: German report Sat Jun 21, 1:57 PM ET Damascus and Pyongyang helped Iran to develop its nuclear programme through the construction of a suspected nuclear site in Syria that Israel destroyed last September, Der Spiegel reported. But the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is considering withdrawing his support for the Iranian programme, added the German newsweekly in its next edition out Monday, quoting German secret service reports. According to those intelligence reports, it said, a joint plan by Syria, North Korea and Iran for a nuclear reactor for military use was to have been...
  • 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
    nypost.com ^ | 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...
  • Iran and North Korea may have bought nuclear missile blueprints

    06/16/2008 7:36:46 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 11 replies · 93+ views
    Timesonline.co.uk ^ | 06.16.08 | James Bone in Washington
    The discovery of designs for a compact nuclear bomb has raised fears that Iran and North Korea might have obtained blueprints enabling them to mount long-range strikes with nuclear-armed missiles. Designs for a nuclear device small enough to fit on a ballistic missile were found on computers linked to the international smuggling ring that supplied nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea, a top US expert says.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets

    01/06/2008 3:03:02 AM PST · by Srirangan · 18 replies · 120+ views
    A WHISTLEBLOWER has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets. Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office. She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an Al-Qaeda terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the 9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey. Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in...
  • For sale: West’s deadly nuclear secrets (Claims State Dept. Traitor)

    01/05/2008 5:57:12 PM PST · by Aristotelian · 27 replies · 168+ views
    London Sunday Times ^ | January 6, 2008 | Staff
    A WHISTLEBLOWER has made a series of extraordinary claims about how corrupt government officials allowed Pakistan and other states to steal nuclear weapons secrets. Sibel Edmonds, a 37-year-old former Turkish language translator for the FBI, listened into hundreds of sensitive intercepted conversations while based at the agency’s Washington field office. She approached The Sunday Times last month after reading about an Al-Qaeda terrorist who had revealed his role in training some of the 9/11 hijackers while he was in Turkey. Edmonds described how foreign intelligence agents had enlisted the support of US officials to acquire a network of moles in...
  • Report Reveals Rampant Smuggling of Radioactive Materials [Russia]

    01/05/2008 9:09:14 AM PST · by Clint Williams · 3 replies · 112+ views
    ABCnews ^ | 1/04/2007 | Clarissa Ward
    In a troubling disclosure, the Russian Federal Customs Service has revealed that authorities thwarted more than 850 attempts to smuggle highly radioactive materials...
  • 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...
  • Nuclear Security - Up Against Terrorism and the Black Market

    11/10/2007 1:55:08 AM PST · by bd476 · 27 replies · 303+ views
    Nuclear Security - Up Against Terrorism and the Black Market This began as a simple search for all news information related to yesterday's story about the attack on the South African nuclear facility: Attack at Pelindaba nuclear facility. However, first up on my search came the story of Asher Karni, an Israeli businessman living in South Africa. While acting as middleman, Asher Karni imported from U.S. manufacturers 200 triggered spark gaps which Karni claimed were to be delivered to a South African hospital. In reality, the triggered spark gaps were going to a Pakistani buyer who was connected to...
  • German firms smuggled nuclear material to Iran: prosecutor

    07/12/2007 5:55:58 PM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 1,207+ views
    afp ^ | 7/12/07 | afp
    POTSDAM, Germany (AFP) - German prosecutors on Thursday said they are investigating some 50 companies suspected of smuggling technology to Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant via Russia. ADVERTISEMENT click here Berlin-based company Vero is suspected of having smuggled material to build the nuclear reactor through Poland to Moscow, from where it was taken to Iran, said Christoph Lange from the prosecutor's office in Potsdam near Berlin. He said Vero appeared to have been buying up nuclear technology in Germany and elsewhere in Europe since 2000 at the orders of Russia, which is constructing Iran's first nuclear power plant in the...
  • 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.
  • Police suspect firm sold device to Iran

    08/27/2006 7:34:12 PM PDT · by jdm · 18 replies · 643+ views
    Asahi Shimbun ^ | 8-28-06
    A firm suspected of illegally exporting precision measuring devices to Malaysia that could be used to make nuclear bombs is now suspected of exporting such equipment to Iran, police sources said. Five executives of precision machinery maker Mitutoyo Corp. were arrested Friday on suspicion the Kawasaki-based company exported the devices to Malaysia without a permit. Mitutoyo-made devices have been found in Libya in inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Because they can be used in building nuclear weapons, export of the devices was forbidden without a permit from the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Mitutoyo is now...
  • "Dr. Qadeer Khan has cancer" spokesman

    08/23/2006 12:10:01 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 16 replies · 675+ views
    DAWN.com (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...
  • PAKISTAN: DISGRACED NUCLEAR PIONEER DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER (A Q Khan)

    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...
  • Trafficking in Nuclear and Radiological Material in 2005 IAEA...

    08/22/2006 12:15:37 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 270+ views
    IAEA Report ^ | August 21 | Staff
    There were 103 confirmed incidents of illicit trafficking and other unauthorized activities involving nuclear and radioactive materials in 2005, newly released statistics from the Agency´s Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) show. The ITDB covers a broad range of cases from illegal possession, attempted sale and smuggling, to unauthorized disposal of materials and discoveries lost radiological sources. Eighteen of the confirmed incidents in 2005 involved nuclear materials; 76 involved radioactive material, mainly radioactive sources; two involved both nuclear and other radioactive materials, and seven involved radioactively contaminated materials. Another 57 incidents from previous years were reported. They involved illicit trafficking and other...
  • Dubai Ports World to divest itself of all American interests

    03/09/2006 10:42:42 AM PST · by navysealdad · 865 replies · 22,804+ views
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  • Pak admits to supplying N Korea with a "dozen centrifuges"

    09/13/2005 7:13:49 PM PDT · by voletti · 16 replies · 376+ views
    Indian Express ^ | 9/14/05 | David Sanger
    President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan said on Monday that he believed that a Pakistani nuclear expert who ran the world’s largest proliferation ring exported ‘‘probably a dozen’’ centrifuges to North Korea to produce nuclear weapons fuel. In the course of a wide-ranging interview, Musharraf also said that during his Monday meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, he made no demands for an agreement to match the US offer to help India develop a civilian nuclear power programme. He, however, mentioned that he had asked her to move toward a free-trade agreement with Pakistan. That is likely to meet...
  • Iran got nuke capable metal from China

    09/03/2005 2:56:06 AM PDT · by Abbas Razza Khan · 1 replies · 222+ views
    VIENNA: Iran obtained from China a substantial amount of a metal that has many civilian uses but can also be used in an atomic bomb, an Iranian exile group said on Thursday. The National Council of the Resistance of Iran (NCRI)—which is listed as a terrorist organisation by the US State Department, but has provided accurate information on secret Iranian nuclear activities—said Iran obtained beryllium from China in 2004. Beryllium has many innocent uses such as in spark plugs and X-ray equipment, but it can also be combined with polonium-210—a substance Iran is known to have worked with—to initiate the...
  • Pakistan protects A.Q. Khan, refuses extradition

    08/28/2005 5:29:46 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 10 replies · 404+ views
    Islamabad, Aug 28 (PTI) Asking the US to treat it as an ally and not as a "target", Pakistan has said it cannot go beyond what it has already done to help the probe into A Q Khan's nuclear proliferation network and ruled out extradition of the disgraced scientist. "The United States should realise that Pakistan has extended maximum possible cooperation to the international effort to dismantle the Khan network of nuclear proliferators and cannot go beyond what it has already done," Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Jehangir Karamat said. "They should know that we cannot extradite Dr A Q...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Saudi Arabia denies buying Pakistan nukes

    07/01/2005 2:58:10 AM PDT · by F15Eagle · 22 replies · 930+ views
    IRNA via GlobalSecurity.Org ^ | February 10 | IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
    IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency Islamabad, Feb 10, IRNA - Saudi Arabian Ambassador to Pakistan has denied his country bought nuclear arms through Abdul Qadeer Khan`s network, Daily Time reported on Thursday. The US-based TIME magazine had alleged that Riyadh had purchased nuclear weapons from the father of Pakistan`s nuclear program. The envoy Ali Awaad Asseri said that the basic objective of this report was to tarnish the kingdom`s image and frustrate its efforts at making the region free of weapons of mass destruction, the newspaper reported. MHA/TSH/1416
  • U.S. Plans New Tool to Halt Spread Of Weapons - Will Target Assets of Anyone Tied to Suspect Firms

    06/26/2005 10:40:36 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 7 replies · 530+ views
    Excerpt - The Bush administration is planning new measures that would target the U.S. assets of anyone conducting business with a handful of Iranian, North Korean and Syrian companies believed by Washington to be involved in weapons programs, U.S. officials said yesterday. The latest action is outlined in a draft executive order administration officials are hoping President Bush will sign before attending the Group of Eight summit in Scotland on July 2. Officials who agreed to discuss the details only on the condition of anonymity said the order's success would rely heavily on U.S. intelligence and that it is modeled...
  • 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...
  • UN Alert As Nuclear Plans Go Missing

    06/08/2005 6:30:12 PM PDT · by rightcoast · 28 replies · 1,201+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Thursday, June 9, 2005 | Ian Traynor
    UN ALERT AS NUCLEAR PLANS GO MISSING Blueprints disclosing key steps to build a bomb feared up for sale Ian Traynor in Vienna Thursday June 9, 2005 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...
  • North Korea imports key nuclear materials from Russia: Japanese paper

    06/05/2005 12:24:37 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 1,044+ views
    TOKYO, June 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korea has imported about 150 tons of high-strength aluminum from an unidentified Russian exporter as part of its nuclear weapons program, Japan's Asahi Shimbun reported Sunday, citing U.S. intelligence sources. The amount of high-strength aluminum is enough to produce about 2,600 gas centrifuges used to enrich uranium, the report explained. Identifying the U.S. sources simply as former ranking Washington officials and officials involved in the six-party nuclear disarmament talks, the Japanese paper said such moves by the North have further escalated the international standoff over its nuclear ambition. Separately, Pyongyang is known to...
  • US Intercepted Two NK Shipments

    06/02/2005 9:01:34 AM PDT · by Barlow Hearst · 10 replies · 978+ views
    (via North KoreaZone) The United States and its allies have intercepted two deliveries of materials useful in making nuclear and chemical weapons by North Korea, the State Department said Tuesday. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher made the disclosure in remarks to reporters, citing 11 successful efforts in the past nine months by the United States and its allies in an anti-proliferation campaign, called the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI). `I have cited two cases involving North Korea. I¡¯ve cited several cases involving countries of proliferation concern, including Iran,¡¯¡¯ Boucher said in a press briefing. ``In addition, we worked to impede the...
  • Pakistan hands over centrifuge parts to UN nuclear watchdog for Iran tests

    05/27/2005 6:10:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 214+ views
    Time is GMT + 8 hours Posted: 27 May 2005 0312 hrs Pakistan hands over centrifuge parts to UN nuclear watchdog for Iran tests(a major development?) ISLAMABAD : In a major turnaround, Pakistan confirmed it has sent some parts of an old centrifuge to the UN atomic agency to help it establish whether Iran has been secretly developing nuclear weapons. The Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) requested the parts in connection with its investigations to determine whether contamination found at Iran's nuclear facilities had come from Pakistan or any other source, a foreign ministry official said. "Components of an...
  • Iran smuggling graphite compound for nukes-exile

    05/20/2005 9:01:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 3 replies · 208+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/20/05 | By Louis Charbonneau
    VIENNA, May 20 (Reuters) - Iran has been using front companies to skirt international export controls and purchase a graphite compound that can be used in nuclear and conventional arms, an Iranian exile said on Friday. The latest allegation from Alireza Jafarzadeh, an Iranian dissident who has reported accurately on Iran's hidden nuclear facilities and activities in the past, comes days before the European Union meets Iran's top nuclear negotiator in Geneva to persuade Tehran not to resume sensitive atomic work. "Iran has been smuggling into the country a key material that is important to build a nuclear bomb," said...
  • Iran Said to Be Smuggling Nuclear Matter

    05/20/2005 1:57:39 PM PDT · by zencat · 6 replies · 295+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 05/20/2005 | GEORGE JAHN
    Iran is circumventing international export bans on sensitive dual-use materials by smuggling graphite and a graphite compound that can be used to make conventional and nuclear weapons, an Iranian dissident and a senior diplomat said Friday.
  • Iran Said to Be Smuggling Nuclear Matter

    05/20/2005 12:03:32 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 4 replies · 404+ views
    AP ^ | May 20, 2005 | GEORGE JAHN
    Iran is circumventing international export bans on sensitive dual-use materials by smuggling graphite and a graphite compound that can be used to make conventional and nuclear weapons, an Iranian dissident and a senior diplomat said Friday. Graphite has many peaceful uses, including steel manufacture, but also can be used as a casing for molten weapons-grade uranium to fit it to nuclear warheads or to shield the cones of conventional missiles from heat. With most countries adhering to international agreements banning the sale of such "dual-use" materials to Tehran, Iran has been forced to buy it on the black market, Iranian...
  • Tehran helped blow the lid on Khan (Nuke Polif watchers please note)

    05/16/2005 10:58:32 AM PDT · by ekidsohbelaas · 8 replies · 584+ views
    Gulj News ^ | 11/5/2005, | Neena Gopal
    A Wall Street financier who helped expose Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan's nuclear network said that contrary to public perception that Pakistan exposed Iran's nuclear acquisition it was Tehran that allowed weapons inspectors to connect the dots between its nuclear programme and Pakistan's. This sparked the unravelling of Khan's illicit nuclear smuggling ring. Mansoor Ijaz, who has worked behind the scenes in both the Clinton and Bush administrations, told Gulf News: "When Iran agreed to inspections of its nuclear sites, the centrifuges 'discovered' by the inspectors contained incontrovertible evidence of originating in Pakistan." Khan's black market network sold Iran everything...
  • China's nuke know-how made in Canada

    05/06/2005 7:12:54 AM PDT · by MikeEdwards · 6 replies · 558+ views
    CFP ^ | May 6, 2005 | Judi McLeod
    The western world is only now waking to the nightmarish specter of China providing nuclear technology know-how to Pakistan and North Korea. China’s nuke know-how can be stamped: "Made in Canada". CANDU manufacturer, the Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (AECL), is among other things, the Mother of all Proliferators. Reid Morden, former president and CEO of AECL, could star in his own made-for-television spy novel. Morden’s credentials in the spy industry come from Canada’s main intelligence agency, CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service, an agency Morden headed up. "On October 13, 1995 the second phase of a Canadian deal with China...
  • Pakistan to give Japan details of AQ Khan's help to North Korea

    05/02/2005 1:23:03 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 263+ views
    The Times of India ^ | May 02 2005 | PTI
    ISLAMABAD: Japan has secured an assurance from Pakistan that it would share information about disgraced scientist A Q Khan’s past assistance to North Korea’s nuclear programme, but failed to win firm support for its bid for the permanent membership of the UN Security Council. Japanese prime minister Junichiro Koizumi, who was here on a two-day visit, left Pakistan on Sunday after intense negotiations with President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Saturday night. Koizumi, flanked by Aziz, told the media that he was satisfied with Gen Musharraf’s assurance of sharing information at Islamabad’s disposal about the assistance provided...
  • Nuclear agency hunts missing A-bomb gear

    04/23/2005 4:11:10 AM PDT · by Paul_Denton · 3 replies · 521+ views
    Big News Network ^ | Friday 22nd April, 2005 (UPI)
    International inspectors fear that nuclear weapons components and specialized tools were diverted from Libya and sent to another country. The 2003 shipment was initially meant for a secret $100-million, uranium enrichment plant and bomb factory being built for Libya by Pakistan's A.Q. Khan and his associates, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. But it never arrived and International Atomic Energy Agency officials fear it went to an unidentified customer seeking to build nuclear bombs. Libya has since given up on its nuclear bomb making plans. IAEA staffers are working out of an office in Vienna to find the missing components...