Pakistan: Disgraced scientist gave centrifuges to Iran
Updated: 2005-03-10 20:44
Abdul Qadeer Khan, the disgraced scientist dubbed the father of Pakistan's
atomic bomb, provided Iran with centrifuges that can be used to purify uranium
for nuclear weapons, the Pakistani government said on Thursday.
Pakistan has admitted
in the past that Khan smuggled nuclear secrets to North Korea, Iran and Libya,
but has not given specifics as to what he supplied.
This undated photo shows father
of Pakistan's nuclear program Abdul Qadeer Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan.
"He has given centrifuges to Iran, but the government was in no way involved
in this," Pakistani Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed told Reuters.
Centrifuges are used to purify uranium for use as fuel for nuclear power
plants or weapons.
Iran insists it intends to use enriched uranium only in power stations, but
Washington argues that Iran is making fuel for atomic warheads.
Britain, France and Germany are leading European diplomatic efforts to
persuade Iran to scrap uranium enrichment. Iran has frozen most of its
enrichment program as a confidence-building measure, but has said the freeze
would be short-lived.