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Pak denies its plane delivered nuclear equipment to N Korea

K J M Varma in Islamabad | February 09, 2004 20:25 IST

Pakistan on Monday admitted one of its defence aircraft flew to North Korea in 2002, but said it only picked up a load of shoulder-fired SA-16 missiles and did not deliver nuclear equipment.

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Asked about reports of US satellites tracking a C-130 cargo plane of the Pakistan Air Force landing at Pyongyang airport in July, 2002, Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan said:"There was no nuclear technology on board ...absolutely none."

Referring to media speculation that the plane delivered nuclear technology to North Korea in exchange for missiles, Khan said: "This is utter nonsense. I am surprised that this story is peddled again and again after so many denials and
clarifications.

"The C-130 aircraft in July 2002 picked up only shoulder fired SA-16 missiles. Nothing else. Speculation about it should come to an end, because there was no technology and equipment was on board. Nothing of that sort," the spokesman said.


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