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Pakistan Offers Nuclear Services to International Community

At the recent nuclear summit hosted by the Obama administration, Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Reza Gilani promoted an offer by Pakistan to provide atomic fuel processing services to the international community. Speaking on Tuesday, Gilani stated that “As a country with advanced fuel capability, Pakistan is in a position to provide nuclear fuel cycle services under IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency] safeguards.” Obama has expressed confidence in the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, noting however that security measures could still be enhanced. When asked to assess the immediate risk of Pakistan’s nuclear program, Harvard non-proliferation expert Matthew Bunn told NewHour with Jim Lehrer that “I think there is a real, immediate danger, not because Pakistan’s nuclear stockpiles are not well-guarded — I think they are — but there are huge threats in Pakistan. It is, after all, al-Qaida’s world headquarters, and there are nuclear and military insiders with Islamic extremist sympathies and, in some cases, with a demonstrated record of selling sensitive nuclear technologies around the world, in the case of the A.Q. Khan black market nuclear network.”


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