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Dubai seen as key to nuclear black market

Feb. 13, 2004 at 7:59 PM   |   Comments

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- U.S. and U.N. investigators identified a Dubai firm as the linchpin of a lucrative nuclear weapons black market that supplied Iran, Libya and North Korea.

The Bush administration and investigators with the International Atomic Energy Agency identified the firm as SMB Computers, a key element in the nuclear weapons black market operated by Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, WorldTribune.com reported Friday.

The company was found to have served as a clearinghouse for nuclear components ordered by Iran, Libya and North Korea.

Another Dubai company involved in the nuclear black market was Gulf Technical Industries, which worked closely with SMB's Tahir, Middle East Newsline reported.

Gulf Technical, founded by British engineer Peter Griffin, an associate of Khan, contracted with Malaysia's Scomi Group Berhad for the manufacture of centrifuge equipment identified as P-2.

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