India alleges Pakistan involved in North Korea nuclear tests: Reports

Published: February 13, 2013

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Indian government officials have leveled unsubstantiated allegations  about Pakistan’s involvement in North Korea’s recent nuclear tests, reports the Times of India.

On February 12 North Korea carried out its latest nuclear test involving a nuclear warhead of six to seven kilotons, drawing sharp international condemnation.

The Times of India quoted an unnamed Indian government official as saying, ”when you talk about any nuclear test conducted by North Korea, the role of Pakistan can never be far behind.”

Indian authorities were reported by the Times of India as saying that if these tests were done using enriched uranium, then it was an indication that pointed towards Pakistani involvement.

The paper reported allegations of Indian officials who claimed that just when these tests took place, in Geneva, Pakistan was blocking further negotiations on the Fissile Material Cut off Treaty (FMCT) at the global Conference on Disarmament that is being organized by the United Nations.

Echoing a similar view, American scientist and weapons expert Siegfried S Hecker was reported by the New York Times as alleging that North Korea might have obtained its nuclear knowledge and blue prints from Pakistani scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan.

Previously, in his December 2008 book, Goodbye Shahzadi, Indian journalist Shyam Bhatia claimed that former prime minister Benazir Bhutto once told him, about the alleged exchange of nuclear knowledge and missile designs between Pakistan and North Korea, however it must be noted that none of Bhatia’s allegations have ever been proven.

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Reader Comments (72)

  • Talha
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:40PM

    lol!

    Here India goes again!!!

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  • Modi
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:41PM

    Lies! You cant prove a bit don’t you.

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  • lol
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:42PM

    can indians just shut up for once

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  • Opinion
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:46PM

    i think Pakistan also helped you also in nuclear test……

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  • Opinion
    Feb 13, 2013 - 4:47PM

    India please tell who help you……

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  • pakistani hindu
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:05PM

    india condemned the tests carried out by north korea and also alleged that pakistan was involved here……
    pakistan is india’s darling ;)

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  • ManofSteel!
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:06PM

    Lol indians!! you are a funny nation! Grow up!

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  • indian
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:12PM

    ahhh pakistan u r always a vilian in every film … lolRecommend

  • In the name of love (what more)
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:12PM

    pakistan’s role in proliferation is well known…and india hasnt said anything that isn’t known…why dont pakistanis read a little about history of their nuclear technology ( an unbiased view ofcourse)…it’s always good to be aware of the truth…

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  • Feb 13, 2013 - 5:13PM

    Blah blah blah, Nothing unusual in it. They accuse Pakistan every time when there is any untoward event happen.

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  • zafar
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:16PM

    Crap!!

    Shut up for once…!!

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  • M
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:17PM

    So… big deal! It is also alleged that Neil Armstrong never put his foot down on the moon. But can anyone prove that?

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  • galib
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:24PM

    non state actors from pakistan helped the koreans

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  • tania
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:33PM

    India alleges Pakistan involved in a mouse squeaking way up on the north pole: Reports

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  • Candid 1
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:35PM

    India is the underlying cause of conflict and destruction in Asia, including its expanding nuclearization. Had India not exploded its first nuclear weapon in 1974, there would be no nuclear threat to the people of Asia. As usual, in order to mask its original crime India always tries to distract the world by blaming Pakistan or China. Fortunately, the rest of the world is not as stupid as India, ref: PM Cameron’s confirmation today that Pakistan’s enemies are UK’s enemies.

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  • Stranger
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:39PM

    what has Pak go to do with Korea for god’s sake.both the parties should stop squabbling like this . its very childish to hear.

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  • Amna
    Feb 13, 2013 - 5:44PM

    great entertainment from indians as always. haha!

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  • Rashid
    Feb 13, 2013 - 6:23PM

    @In the name
    India’s ‘peaceful nuclear explosion’ of 1974 was the result of secret diversion of plutonium produced in a Canadian supplied reactor. The reactor was meant for peaceful purposes. This deceit caused the creation of Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) in 1975.

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  • qasfg
    Feb 13, 2013 - 6:26PM

    pakis acting like innocents.

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  • pak patriot
    Feb 13, 2013 - 6:33PM

    @M

    and pakistan trained neil armstrong. your media never reported that.

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  • Feb 13, 2013 - 6:38PM

    Wonder when a report will be released accusing Pakistan of Bhopal incident. Previously they said that Pakistan nuclear program was aided by N.Koreans and now vice verse.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Feb 13, 2013 - 6:54PM

    @pakistani hindu:
    and india misses us all the time :D
    cant wait to go home from work and see zee news

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  • Junaid Mufti
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:01PM

    And we blame Sharukh Khan of overacting, when entire Foreign Office of India is no less than Bollywood film “Mobhatain”

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  • Enlightened
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:01PM

    Once a culprit is always a culprit. Pakistan is in news most of the time for wrong reasons for many a decades now. It has unprecedented record by any country of exporting terrorism, exchanging nuclear with missile technology with N Korea, providing shelter to world’s most dangerous terrorist ie OBL etc, the list is endless and credibility extremely low.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:09PM

    Kasiani billy khumba nochay. thats what india doing hahahaha.

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:12PM

    more atomic power countries in the world more pakistan safer.

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  • RAW is WAR
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:27PM

    i knew this.

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  • galib
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:32PM

    @tania: This is incorrect as Pakistan does not have any stations or claim to the north pole as compared to India which has an observation station Gangotri there. India also has claim to both Arctic and Antartic. Do not be surprised India is global player but only in issues that are constructive and beneficial to the humanity.

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  • Adnan
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:36PM

    If the Indian PM has constipation, I’m pretty sure India’s gonna blame that on us too

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  • Vinod
    Feb 13, 2013 - 7:48PM

    No surprise if pakistan helped north korea of this nuclear test as world
    thinks them as a bad guy

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  • Paki!
    Feb 13, 2013 - 8:11PM

    @India
    Dhinka chika … dhinka chika …. dhinka chika…. aye aye aye … AYE AYE AYE!!!

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  • cautious
    Feb 13, 2013 - 8:50PM

    Making unsubstantiated claims serves no one – India least of all. Pakistan condemned this test in the UN and should get Kudos.

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  • confused
    Feb 13, 2013 - 8:59PM

    BREAKING NEWS: Indian fact-finding commission alleges Pakistani involvement in India’s nuclear tests. India’s efforts for peace & Pakistan’s track record for nuclear proliferation used as reasoning.

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  • Someone
    Feb 13, 2013 - 9:04PM

    @galib: Pakistan has an Antarctic research programme which operates under the Ministry of Science and Technology, and also has a summer research station in Antarctica known as “Jinnah Antarctic Station”, being one of the only few countries of the world to do so, with future plans to operate a permanent station soon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PakistanAntarcticProgramme

    Alas, you’re knowledge must be limited as I guess they don’t have television in India where most people live (in slums), and if they do, they’re usually Indian sources of information, which explains the lack of know-how of international affairs when it comes to Indians (although we praise you as professionals when it comes to sensationalism and rhetoric; this news article being a prime example :)

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  • evil
    Feb 13, 2013 - 9:17PM

    all the sane people in the world know that AQ khan sold it to koreans. its a truth. what koreans achieved now is the result of pakis past involvement…

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  • Sterry
    Feb 13, 2013 - 9:38PM

    @qasfg: It’s funny that Indians always play their devious little games to bad mouth Pakistan but after making up nonsense for so many years, no one believes anything the Indians say any more. People know it is India who took Canadian foreign nuclear aid to help them with energy and diverted its use to make weapons- they started the arms race in Asia in the 1970s!

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  • Rex Minor
    Feb 13, 2013 - 9:55PM

    India is a racist country no different than Japan which throughout hisory have had korean workers in their factories and yet claimed that in Japan only indigenous workers. Can the USA, Russia, UK and Frnace claim that their nuclear program was not supported by German scientists. It would have been more appropriate to accuse the North Korean scientists for the Pakistan nuclear program and not the other way around. The CIA has all the facts info regarding the korean, Israeli, Iranian and the Indian nuclear program.

    Rex Minor

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  • Franklin James
    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:07PM

    @Someone:
    You must be feeling good thrashing India and Indians. Indian started Antartic research station in 1984 and pakistan in 1991. India developed its Nuclear capabilities before pakistan did. The reasons for that are well documented in Youtube and I dont need to go into it.

    On your reference of Slums in India, let me tell you, these slum dwellers are well equipped with TV’s, Cell phones and motor bikes. I visited both the countries, Indian TV channels air, BBC, CNN and Russian channels and they are not censored. Media is very open, Govt does not ban Youtube or shut down cell phone service due to Terrorist attacks.

    Pakistan has lot to learn from India and that’s my reading.

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  • jat2ferozepuria
    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:30PM

    @Someone: been there, done that and now claim a part of antartica. there is no pakistan here.

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  • jat2ferozepuria
    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:30PM
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    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:32PM
  • jat2ferozepuria
    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:34PM

    @evil: yeah, on aq kahaan note, did he not endorse the water car

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  • Feb 13, 2013 - 10:55PM

    @Candid 1:

    “Fortunately, the rest of the world is not as stupid as India”

    The rest of the world gave India the right to do commerce in nuclear technology 5 years ago. The only country outside the P5 to do so. Pakistan has been asking for it ever since and even your leaders admit that will never even happen.

    India is not the villain for them, its a source of inspiration and trust.

    Quite contrary to your opinion, which is quite clearly biased, uninformed and stupid; Indian words are really appreciated where it really matters.

    FYI, AQ Khan has come and TV and admitted nuclear proliferation. He is under house arrest, or was. Why don’t you ask him why he confessed?

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  • gp65.
    Feb 13, 2013 - 10:56PM

    What is unsubstantiated? A Q Khan publicly admited during Musharraf’s time that he was involved in proliferating nuclear technology to Libya, Iran and North Korea.

    People seem to have short memories.

    No one has indicated that this specific test had anything to with Pakistan, the reference was to the original proliferation activity.

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  • Feb 13, 2013 - 11:02PM

    @Rashid:

    “diversion of plutonium produced in a Canadian supplied reactor.”

    According to Sharia, for a murder you can pay blood money and get away with punishment, like Raymond Davis did, if the relative asks for it and forgives you.

    Canada was one of the fiercest supporters of India when it was granted the waiver to the same NSG. The same people who we have wronged have accepted us into their folds.

    According to the principle of blood money, we are golden..

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  • YR
    Feb 13, 2013 - 11:07PM

    @Franklin James: ” India developed its Nuclear capabilities before pakistan did” . A more better rephrase: “India developed blunder capabilities, endangering a South Asia that was to be nuclearised, following which Pakistan was obliged to follow and develop its own.”

    With respect to your slum reply, I don’t know what slums you’re talking about, but check up many credible Western documentaries and they will show you what “slums” in India are. Forget TV, phones and bikes, you won’t even see food and toilets.

    @jat2ferozepuria: ” been there, done that and now claim a part of antartica. there is no pakistan here.” Contrary to what you seem to be assuming, India does not own any part of Antarctic territory. So there you go, no India here. Btw, Jinnah Antarctic Station.

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  • Feb 13, 2013 - 11:07PM

    Big toys belong to big boys.

    North Korea has big toys, since it didn’t earn it, the world has cursed it and sanctioned it. North Korea is 80% poor.

    Same is happening with Iran. Inflation is running high and pretty soon food will be too costly to buy for most Iranians.

    Israel has a big patron – the US – and is considered the 51st state of the US. Hence, it gets away with it.

    Its only India which earned it, has a right to it. The world granted India that right by giving NSG waiver 5 years ago.

    Of all the countries which listed above, India is the only country which is truly accepted as one.

    Pakistan will meet the same fate as Oil rich Iran or the militarily strong North Korea. Its people will starve, terrorise and kill their own in hunger. The nukes are Pakistan’s biggest curse. India will make sure of it.

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  • AKJ
    Feb 13, 2013 - 11:09PM

    @BruteForce: “Canada was one of the fiercest supporters of India when it was granted the waiver to the same NSG. The same people who we have wronged have accepted us into their folds.”

    That’s bollocks as any knowledgeable person will tell you though if it helps somehow inflate your nationalist jingo, please suit yourself

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  • Feb 13, 2013 - 11:18PM

    @AKJ:

    Might is right. Hence, India is right, Iran, Pakistan, North Korea are wrong.

    This is how the world works. You thought otherwise and look what happened 5 years ago when India was granted NSG waiver and IAEA approval. Your friend China, who has veto powers, too approved.

    In IAEA vote, Pakistan voted FOR India.

    Even your leaders think I am correct. It is you who is under a delusion and think you are wrong. Wake up, kid..

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  • jat2ferozepuria
    Feb 13, 2013 - 11:28PM

    @YR: why only in summer dear. winters vich kulfi jum jaandi hai gullu. How many for India there.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Researchstationsin_Antarctica

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 12:58AM

    @Adnan:
    How about if he runs into diarrhea , it is fault of Pakistan ?Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Feb 14, 2013 - 5:52AM

    @Franklin James:

    And if India had not gone ahead with its test and had kept its mouth shut like the Israelis had done then Pakistan would have followed suit and not demonstrated a test either. The loly pops do not need brinkmanship.

    And if the yanks would not have pressured North Korea, then North korea would have had no need for nuclear and rocket capability. North Korea is now outspoken about their programs and openly claims that they are aimed to confront the USA.. The north Koreans do not bluff!

    Rex Minor

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  • Hafeez
    Feb 14, 2013 - 6:24AM

    OMG! How stupid that sounds? Come on Indians, have some sense

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  • akash
    Feb 14, 2013 - 6:55AM

    @YR .. at least we dont have conspiracy theories doing the rounds for our ills. Yes we have very poor people and no Indian will deny that. But we have slums where you have all the amenities. Given the size and diversity in India, we are managing very well thank you. The size of Pakistan is comparable to one of our bigger states of India and you guys have problem even managing that.
    So mate look at yourself and give credit where it is due.Recommend

  • Prabhjyot Singh Madan
    Feb 14, 2013 - 6:57AM

    Personally, I don’t want nuclear weapons because I studied Nagasaki.

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 7:53AM

    I suppose it is good that we helped the North Koreans. We should export our technology to more enemies of the USA.

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 8:50AM

    @lol:
    NO, Can you give us one reason why we should. Chanakya told us to grind our enemy into dust. That’s what we are doing one day at a time.

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  • GhostRider
    Feb 14, 2013 - 9:52AM

    @BruteForce:
    Dude India half of India is still strarving…remember 600 million living below poverty line????

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  • -_-
    Feb 14, 2013 - 10:36AM

    North Korea is the most isolated country in the world, also known as “intelligence blackhole”. A country which lacks even internet how come such a huge deal (if happend) go undetected with US always on the trials of North Korean footprints

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 11:47AM

    @GhostRider:

    The poverty rate in India will be 22% in 2015, says the UN MDG report. While Pakistan has refused to release poverty rate and this newspaper reported that according to Asian Development Bank estimates its 43%.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/181361/economic-survey-2010-11-has-the-real-poverty-rate-hit-43/

    If you read the whole UN MDG report, in South Asia India is the ONLY country which has achieved its goals.

    If you want I can quote some WB sources too. I am in a hurry to post all the links. But, if you insist, I can at a later time.

    For now this will suffice.

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  • Dr Ho
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:03PM

    @akash: “@YR .. at least we dont have conspiracy theories doing the rounds for our ills”

    Your comment would have been good in a joke book. If it weren’t for ‘conspiracy theories doing rounds in your country, we wouldn’t be reading this article :) Just like India’s creation, conspiracy theories are very much a party of India’s national identity – you can’t survive without it.

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  • Clear Black Bag
    Feb 14, 2013 - 12:41PM

    Why does India leave no stone to unturn to harm Pakistan on every platform of the world,what’s wrong with India and if India didn’t recognize and accept Pakistan till now then why doesn’t tell openly and truly instead of harming and digging the holes for Pakistan and if India wants to occupy the whole Pakistan like Kashmir then what is India’s hesitation?

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  • Rashid
    Feb 14, 2013 - 2:10PM

    @BruteForce:
    Could you specify the occasion where Pakistan voted for India at the IAEA?
    On NSG waiver:
    Let’s see when India gets membership to NSG. Despite active US backing, it is still miles away from that goal. Don’t be too presumptuous and absolute about international politics. Strange are the ways of the world. If India can aspire to join a body created because of it, so can Pakistan.

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  • akash
    Feb 14, 2013 - 2:51PM

    @Dr HO…your comments confirm my theory about conspiracy doing the rounds in Pakistan.

    I hope that you are educated enough to know world history…India was never created. She was always present. It was Pakistan that was carved out of India(and thank God for that).

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  • Feb 14, 2013 - 2:53PM

    @Rashid:

    http://www.rediff.com/news/2008/aug/01ndeal1.htm

    I am sorry but I should have been more clear. Pakistan abstained from voting. If it had voted against India, then IAEA wouldn’t have been able to pass the bill. Basically if Pakistan had said no, India would not have got IAEA approval.

    You are not getting whats happening in NSG. NSG says only 5 powers in the world are legitimate nuke powers. India didn’t sign NPT, so did Pak, Israel.

    But, India got NSG to amend its Constitution to include India’s name, and hence a de-facto nuclear power, who can do nuclear commerce.

    Get it now?

    It doesn’t matter anymore if India joins NSG, because it has got all powers that the 5 countries in NSG possess.

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  • pani ka horse
    Feb 14, 2013 - 2:56PM

    is it april 01 in India today?)))

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  • Khan
    Feb 14, 2013 - 6:43PM

    I am quoting unnamed Pakistani official as saying that….stop crying and Grow up india…..

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  • Chanakya.the.cynic
    Feb 15, 2013 - 10:53AM

    I don’t understand the Pakistani commenters who find this funny. Pakistan has ADMITTED involvement in proliferation to North Korea. And India is far from the only one saying this. The article itself quotes the New York Times. Here is a more complete statement

    “Siegfried S. Hecker, a former director of the Los Alamos weapons lab in New Mexico who has repeatedly visited North Korea and learned details of Pyongyang’s nuclear program, has suggested that North Korea may be ready to switch to a pure uranium approach, in part because it might have a blueprint for a miniaturized uranium warhead.
    He said the North’s leadership might have obtained the blueprint from A. Q. Khan, the rogue Pakistani nuclear expert, a blueprint of the type he gave Libya for a uranium bomb. It is well known that North Korea obtained its centrifuge design for uranium enrichment from Dr. Khan, and many experts say the Pakistani expert may have thrown in the warhead blueprint as a sweetener.”

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  • ahsan
    Feb 16, 2013 - 11:56AM

    indians are funny . i do not think Korea will do anything with indian .

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  • haroon
    Feb 17, 2013 - 3:16AM

    India is like that annoying sibling that always blames the other sibling for EVERYTHING. Keep going India, these tactics never get old.

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  • ram
    Feb 21, 2013 - 11:55AM

    India enemity with Muslims is established.

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  • James
    Feb 21, 2013 - 12:57PM

    @Rex Minor:
    The North Koreans still do not have a missile which is capable of reaching US

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