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.
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.
January 9, 2005
On Sept. 11, 2001, the main protector of the Taliban -- and Al Qaeda -- outside Afghanistan was the government of next-door Pakistan. But by the next day, President Pervez Musharraf had responded to Washington's "with us or against us" ultimatum by throwing in with the United States. Sort of. Musharraf then had been running Pakistan for two years, having seized power in a coup.
February 12, 2004 |
The government Wednesday formally accused four civilians and three retired military officers of helping pass components and plans for making nuclear weapons to Iran, Libya and North Korea. The scientists and former officers at Pakistan's main nuclear weapons lab were part of a black-market operation led by Abdul Qadeer Khan, the former head of Khan Research Laboratories, the government alleged in a written reply to a high court justice.
April 29, 2004 |
The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday requiring all nations to pass laws to help prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction to terrorist groups. President Bush called on the United Nations in September to patch the holes in international treaties that don't cover black marketeers and rogue groups dealing in parts and technology for nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
March 13, 2004 |
Iran took a step Friday toward confrontation with the United Nations nuclear watchdog by abruptly postponing a crucial round of inspections aimed at determining whether Tehran is trying to build a nuclear weapon. Next week's planned visit by inspectors from the U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency will be delayed for more than a month at the request of Iranian officials, said a diplomat close to the Vienna-based agency.
March 16, 2004 |
Starting a swing through a crucial region in the Bush administration's war on terrorism on Monday, Secretary of State Colin L. Powell pledged to press Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on whether officials in his government helped spread nuclear weapons. The trip will be the first high-level visit by a Bush administration official to Islamabad since Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan said last month that he had sold nuclear technology to Iran, Libya and North Korea.
November 21, 2004
Here we go again. Last week, Secretary of State Colin Powell, who apparently is not going to leave office quietly, unexpectedly blurted out that Iran was seeking to outfit a missile with a nuclear bomb. The comment was based, you guessed it, on credible intelligence and reports of exile groups. But, of course, there was no elaborating. Never mind Powell's now-discredited show-and-tell before the U.N.