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US supports A Q Khan pardon

Agencies | February 06, 2004 10:13 IST

The United States has supported Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's decision to pardon scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who confessed to leaking nuclear secrets to Libya, Iran and North Korea.

It was Pakistan's internal matter, State Department spokesperson Richard Boucher said on Thursday.

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An International Atomic Energy Agency official told CNN that IAEA Director General Mohammad ElBaradei had called Khan's revelations "just the tip of the iceberg".

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According to the official, ElBaradei was aware of individuals and companies in at least five countries involved in proliferating nuclear technology.

Separately, former IAEA weapons inspector David Albright urged the US to put pressure on Pakistan to be more open with the agency.

Albright, now president of the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security, told CNN that the IAEA should be able to interview Khan and other Pakistan scientists involved in the country's nuclear programme.

Khan's confession and subsequent pardon "may be necessary, but it's still a charade", he said.

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Number of User Comments: 3

Sub: The whole world will unanimously support US,

if this pardon is extended to Saddam, too. Khan and party have apparently outraged the modesty of the global peace, and "they" have been pardoned. ...

Posted by chanakya

Sub: what next

with the us saying that the pardon is an internal matter of pak was on expected lines. but whats sad is that where will us ...

Posted by s

Sub: US supports A Q Khan pardon

I am beginning to be very concerned about apologists in America that see their blue eyed boy Musharraf and Pakistan incapable of doing any wrong. ...

Posted by Mr Khandu Patel



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