US clean chit to Pakistan's AQ Khan
The disgraced nuclear scientist was accused of proliferating nuclear technology to North Korea, Libya, Iran and other countries.india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 12:58 IST
The US envoy in Pakistan has expressed satisfaction over the investigation against Abdul Qadeer Khan, the disgraced nuclear scientist accused of proliferating nuclear technology to North Korea, Libya, Iran and other countries.
Noting that Khan's network had been dismantled, Ryan C Crocker told a private news channel that no such person from Pakistan would cause similar trouble again, Pakistan Today reported.
On the US-India nuclear deal, Crocker said it was not directed against any country.
The deal that was agreed upon in July last year and formally signed last month during US President George W Bush's visit to the subcontinent will allow transfer to India of previously barred nuclear technology and fuel.
Crocker's contention that the International Atomic Energy Agency would be monitoring 65 per cent of India's nuclear installations was challenged by Tanveer Ahmad, a former foreign secretary.
Ahmad disagreed with the US official's contention, saying there would be 'no direct watch' on India's nuclear installations and New Delhi would be able to enhance uranium production for military purposes.
'India will be capable of making 50 atomic bombs because of the nuclear deal,' Ahmad claimed.
First Published: Mar 31, 2006 12:58 IST