The Washington Times is reporting that several countries are trying to reestablish the A. Q. Khan nuclear smuggling network.
Two U.S. intelligence officials and other U.S. officials with access to intelligence reports said information compiled over the past seven months showed that agents from several foreign governments — including Brazil, Burma, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Sudan and Syria — pursued members of the network named after Abdul Qadeer Khan, the scientist considered to be the father of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program.
“They have propositioned them to get them to come out of retirement,” one senior U.S. intelligence officer said.
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Analysis. The article goes on to point out that the people from Brazil and Nigeria may not be government officials. However, the rest of the governments listed would dearly love to have nuclear weapons or better ones. We are already aware of the nuclear ties between the rest of these nations: Burma, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. None of them are our friends.