February 17, 2005 |
If North Korea has, in fact, assembled an arsenal of six or eight nuclear weapons, so what? Well, for one thing, North Korea's forced entry into the nuclear club is likely to trigger a "cascade" of nuclear proliferation -- as the U.N. High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change termed it -- in Northeast Asia. To be sure, in the weeks ahead, Japan and South Korea will publicly reaffirm their nonnuclear status, but privately, officials there are almost certainly discussing their options.
November 21, 2005 |
Raising the stakes before a key vote by the U.N. nuclear agency, Iranian lawmakers approved a bill Sunday requiring the government to block inspections of atomic facilities if the agency refers Iran to the Security Council for possible sanctions. The bill was favored by 183 of the 197 parliament members present.
December 25, 2003 |
After months of wrangling, Pakistan's president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, announced Wednesday that he would give up his general's uniform in a year in exchange for the main opposition alliance's support of his rule until 2007. In a televised address to the nation, Musharraf said he would step down as head of Pakistan's army in December 2004 as part of a deal struck with an alliance of Islamic hard-liners, the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal.
February 9, 2004
Pakistan's clandestine sharing of nuclear plans and technology with the likes of North Korea and Libya has been exposed, but that should not end tough questions from Washington and international weapons inspectors. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf loaded his country's nuclear proliferation sins onto the shoulders of the nation's premier nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, last week and then pardoned Khan, who is revered as a national hero.
February 8, 2008 |
Iran is testing an advanced centrifuge designed to more swiftly produce enriched uranium in defiance of Security Council resolutions ordering it to stop, diplomats confirmed Thursday. The centrifuges are still in the early testing stages, and are not being used to enrich nuclear material, said diplomats familiar with information from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
May 29, 2004 |
International inspectors said in a confidential report Friday that they had discovered traces of uranium suitable for nuclear weapons in Libya that were similar to contamination found last year in Iran. The International Atomic Energy Agency said in the report that small particles of weapons-grade uranium were found on components for centrifuges, which are used to enrich uranium for nuclear reactors or bombs.
January 15, 2005
Re "Just Another General," editorial, Jan. 9: It is about time that a newspaper has finally taken a stand against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's illegitimate regime. A man who has come to power through a military coup and then spuriously justified his presidency by rigging two elections is no friend of democracy. I find it ironic that Washington invades countries and spends billions of dollars just to "spread democracy," yet overlooks Pakistan's dictatorship. I agree 100% with your profound statement that "the best thing for Pakistan now would be for him to let the [Pakistan People's Party]
December 23, 2003 |
Pakistani authorities said Monday that they were questioning Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, about possible links between the nuclear programs in their country and Iran. The interrogation comes after diplomats said last month that the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna was investigating information provided by Iran that linked some Pakistanis to Tehran's nuclear program.
May 24, 2004 |
As they race to dismantle a global black market in nuclear weapons components, U.S. authorities are focusing on an unusual case: an Orthodox Jew from Israel accused of trying to sell nuclear weapons parts to a business associate in Islamic Pakistan. Asher Karni, 50, currently a resident of South Africa, was arrested at Denver's international airport as he arrived with his wife and daughter for a New Year's ski vacation.
May 26, 2005 |
The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that Pakistan turned over uranium enrichment components Wednesday that could help solve one of the biggest mysteries in the inquiry on Iran's disputed nuclear program. Centrifuge components and uranium samples were flown from Pakistan to Vienna and handed over to the IAEA at its main laboratory, where they will be compared with suspicious traces of enriched uranium discovered in 2003 in Iran.