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Syria and Iran threatened; Pakistan accused of 'helping mass destruction plans'

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  • Tarek Fatah
    Friends, After threatening Iran and Syria, the US has imposed sancations on a Pakistani nuclear installation, whcih it says was helping mass destruction
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 31, 2003
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      Friends,

      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.

      Ominous.

      Read and reflect.

      Tarek Fatah
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      Pakistan 'helping mass destruction plans'
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/2902747.stm

      The United States says a key nuclear installation in Pakistan has
      been helping another country in its programme of weapons of mass
      destruction.

      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
      at Kahuta.

      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.
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