Sunday, June 15, 2008

Ring 'sold nuclear weapons design'

An international smuggling ring led by Pakistan's top nuclear scientist may have shared blueprints for an advanced nuclear weapon with Iran and North Korea, a draft report by a former leading UN arms inspector says.

A draft report by David Albright, a former UN arms inspector, says the smugglers acquired designs for building a sophisticated compact nuclear device that could be fitted on a type of ballistic missile used by Iran and other developing countries, The Washington Post said on Sunday.

The ring, led by Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, is previously known to have sold bomb-related parts to Libya, Iran and North Korea but is now believed to be defunct.

From Al Jazeera
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