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WAR: Pakistan rejects CIA report on risk of nuke theft

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posted on Feb, 15 2005 @ 06:19 PM
Pakistan officials have dismissed a CIA report that indicated that terrorists could purchase or steal on of the countries nuclear weapons. A Foreign Ministry spokesman, Masood Khan, stated that stringent measures were in place to ensure the safety of the weapons in question. Russia was also named in the report as another potential source.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan dismissed as "irresponsible" a U.S. intelligence report that terrorists could attempt to steal or purchase nuclear arms in Pakistan.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Masood Khan said Pakistan had taken very stringent measures to ensure safety and security of its nuclear arsenals.

"I think this kind of speculation about Pakistan's nuclear programme is irresponsible," Khan told a weekly news briefing.

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With all the focus on Iran and North Korea, are there nuclear issues slipping under the radar here? If the government of Pakistan were to succumb to a wave of fundamentalism like Iran circa 1979, what would that mean for the world? No doubt the nation would want to use its weapons for leverage and the like, but would a more radical government be more predisposed to give away some fissile material to other countries or terrorists? It would be all to easy to get a bomb into one of the major port cities in a container ship and wreak havoc.


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