Syria and Iran threatened; Pakistan accused of 'helping mass destruction plans'
After threatening Iran and Syria, the US has imposed 'sancations' on
a Pakistani nuclear installation, whcih it says was 'helping mass
destruction plans' of 'another country.'
The BBC reporting the snactions does not identify the country
Pakistan is helping build 'mass destruction' weapons.
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Pakistan 'helping mass destruction plans'
The United States says a key nuclear installation in Pakistan has
been helping another country in its programme of weapons of mass
A spokeswoman at the US embassy in Islamabad refused to name the
country involved. The US says it has imposed sanctions on the
installation, a nuclear enrichment facility. But it has not given
details of them.
Pakistan has strongly criticised the move, although it says it will
not affect relations between the two countries. The installation at
the centre of the dispute is the Kahuta Research Laboratories (KRL)
near the capital, Islamabad.
The US imposed the sanctions because of KRL's "material contribution
to the efforts of a foreign (non-US) country, person or entity of
proliferation concern, to use, acquire, design, develop and or
secure weapons of mass destruction, and/or missiles capable of
delivering mass destruction," the AFP news agency reports a US
embassy spokeswoman in Islamabad as saying.
However, correspondents say it is not clear if these are fresh
sanctions or the renewal of sanctions already in place. In its first
public comments on the issue on Monday, the US embassy said the
sanctions came into force last week. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry
on Monday said the decision was unjustified. It added that the
restrictions would not affect the work of the nuclear installation
It also appeared to contradict the US explanation for the move,
saying it was because Pakistan had acquired material from another
country - not because it supplied material to a third party. KRL's
former head is Abdul Qadeer Khan.
Dr Khan became a national hero in Pakistan for his key role in
developing the nation's nuclear weapons programme. He is now an
adviser to the government.
Pakistan has, in the past, rejected allegations that it has
supported North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. North Korea is
one of the countries branded by the US as part of an "axis of evil".
Last November, the US said it was satisfied that Pakistan was no
longer co-operating with North Korea in supplying nuclear weapons
technology. US Secretary of State Colin Powell said there was
nothing at the moment "that has been reported to me that I need to
be looking at".
Mr Powell said President Pervez Musharraf had assured him that there
were no further contacts of the kind that were referred to in a New
York Times report which said Islamabad provided Pyongyang with gas
centrifuges and equipment to make highly-enriched uranium.
The report alleged that in return for helping North Korea, Pakistan
had received help for its strategic missile programme.