Powell: Pakistan must bust nuke network

Feb. 9, 2004 at 4:35 PM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Pakistan must pull up a rogue nuclear proliferation network by its roots, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday.

Powell said he had a good conversation with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf on Friday evening. "The Pakistani government has done quite a bit now to roll up the network" of Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb, Powell said. Last week Musharraf granted Khan a conditional pardon for selling nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea.

"I said to President Musharraf that we wanted to learn as much as we could about what Mr. Khan and the network was up to, and it has to be pulled up by its roots and examined to make sure that we have left nothing behind," Powell said. "He assured me that that was his objective as well and that he would share with us all of the information that they came up with."

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