North Korea paid Pakistanis for nuclear tech, says AQ Khan

WASHINGTON: The founder of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program claims that in the late 1990s North Korean officials paid kickbacks to senior Pakistani military figures in exchange for critical weapons technology.

Abdul Qadeer Khan has given a United States-based expert documents that appear to show North Korea’s government paid more than $3.5 million to two Pakistani military officials as part of the deal, the expert said on Wednesday.

To back up his claim, Khan released what he said was a copy of a North Korean official’s 1998 letter to him, written in English, that purports to describe the secret deal.

Khan gave the documents to Simon Cameron of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, an authority on Pakistan’s weapons program. He did so because he has been accused by his government of running a covert nuclear smuggling operation without official knowledge or consent.

Categories: Asia, Pakistan

1 reply

  1. Every day new revealations from AQ Khan. Where this mess will end up no one knows. How true it is that truth can never be hidden. Alas,the Pakistani leaders can also understand it.

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