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US sceptical over Pakistan's stance after A Q Khan's release

February 09, 2009 20:22 IST

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The United States has voiced scepticism over Pakistan's claim of having put some "restrictions" on disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan after his release from a five-year house arrest, saying it will closely monitor the situation.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating, a US official was quoted as saying, indicating Washington's disapproval of the release of Khan who is accused of running a clandestine nuclear proliferation ring.

"Pakistan has given us some initial commitments but we're going to be following the situation very closely. The important thing is that they know we are still very serious about this individual," the official was quoted by The Washington Post which did not name him.

The US feels that A Q Khan remains a significant proliferation risk.

72-year-old Khan was pardoned in 2004 by President Pervez Musharraf [Images] who, however, put the scientist under house arrest.

Khan last year retracted his confession of having passed nuclear know-how to North Korea and Iran, saying it had been made under pressure. He was released by a Pakistani court on Friday.

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