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Pakistan Defends Its Role in the Nuclear Club

September 21, 2004

The attempt by the Sept. 16 editorial, "Testing Our 'Ally,' Pakistan," to link Pakistan with the recent explosion in North Korea is untenable. Similarly, the assertion that Pakistan is not extending cooperation to the International Atomic Energy Agency is also without basis.

Pakistan is not under any investigation. It is voluntarily cooperating with the IAEA in investigations related to transfer of sensitive technology to other countries.

As a nuclear weapon state, Pakistan takes its international obligations with the utmost seriousness. It has put in place an effective command and control system. The lower house of the parliament on Sept. 15 passed consolidated and comprehensive legislation covering all aspects of the export of materials and technologies related to nuclear and biological weapons and their means of delivery. The law also envisages a comprehensive interagency process to oversee the safety and security of sensitive technologies and materials and lays down penalties for violators.

Noor Muhammad Jadmani

Consul General of Pakistan

Los Angeles

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