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Officials: Smugglers in Pakistan Had Plans for Nuclear Bomb


International investigators say they found on computers in several nations plans for a relatively compact nuclear weapon that belonged to the nuclear smuggling network run by disgraced Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.

The investigators say it is not clear if those plans were sold to the smuggling ring's customers, which included Iran, North Korea and Libya.

They say the plans resemble a nuclear weapon built and tested by Pakistan 10 years ago. Such a weapon could be small and light enough to be carried by ballistic missiles like those owned by Iran and North Korea. The information also could cut the time needed to develop a practical weapon.

Pakistan's government has refused to allow investigators to question Khan, who is under house arrest, because he is regarded as a national hero for developing the country's nuclear program.

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