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Powell Warns Pakistan Not to Help North Korean Nuke Program - 2002-11-26


U-S Secretary of State Colin Powell says there will be "consequences" if the United States finds that Pakistan is helping North Korea's nuclear program.

Speaking to reporters on his way to Mexico, Mr. Powell said he has raised the issue repeatedly in recent face-to-face and telephone conversations with Pakistani President Musharraf. He says he told him that such contacts would be inappropriate.

Islamabad strongly denied a recent New York Times report that said North Korea provided Pakistan with missile parts that would allow delivery of Pakistani nuclear weapons to every strategic site in India.

In return, the newspaper said, Pakistan provided North Korea with designs for gas centrifuges and machinery needed to make highly enriched uranium for the country's latest nuclear weapons project.

Tuesday, India called for an investigation into the Times report.

India and Pakistan carried out underground nuclear explosions in May, 1998 and have been developing missiles to deliver weapons.

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