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A Q Khan network out of business: Boucher

July 13, 2007 11:40 IST
The Bush administration has reiterated that the nuclear proliferation network run by Abdul Qadeer Khan is "out of business," while conceding that US officials have till been unable to directly question the disgraced Pakistani scientist.

Appearing before a Congressional hearing, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Richard Boucher was asked if Khan had been questioned by US intelligence officials.

"I think we've said in public that we have not had direct access to Mr Khan, but we've had good cooperation from the Pakistani authorities," Boucher said before the Sub Committee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

"We've had a good flow of information to the international community -- us, other countries, International Atomic Energy Agency -- and that we are confident that, based on that information, we've been able to put the network out of business," Boucher said.

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