The United States is imposing sanctions on more than a dozen
individuals and companies with links to the scientist who founded
Pakistan's atomic weapons program.
The U.S. State Department today (Monday) announced the measures against 13 individuals and three private companiesfor
alleged involvement in Abdul Qadeer Khan's nuclear proliferation
network. Those affected include British, German, Turkish, Swiss and Sri
Khan is credited as the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb. He has been
under house arrest in Islamabad since 2004, after he admitted to
passing nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea.
A State Department spokesman (Gordon Duguid) says Washington believes the sanctions could help deter would-be proliferators.
Today's action freezes any assets the firms and persons may have in
U.S. financial institutions, and it bars U.S. citizens and companies
from doing business with them.REST OPT
Pakistan conducted a nuclear test on May 28th, 1998, in response to nuclear tests by neighbor and longtime rival, India.
Pakistan views that nuclear testing date as a historic day in the
nation's quest for security. The Foreign Ministry has said that
Pakistan has taken its responsibilities as a nuclear-armed state