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AQ Khan still a ‘serious proliferation risk’: US

02 September, 2009

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WASHINGTON: Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan “remains a serious proliferation risk,” a US official said on Tuesday after the scientist gained freedom of movement.

“We believe he remains a serious proliferation risk,” a State Department official told AFP on condition of anonymity when asked to comment on the news. “We have made clear to the Pakistani government our concerns about AQ Khan.”

In Islamabad, Abdul Qadeer Khan said the authorities had lifted restrictions on his movements. Local media quoted Khan as saying that the restrictions had been withdrawn. “The reports that you have read in newspapers are correct,” Khan told AFP, adding that he could not elaborate because the court had barred him from giving interviews to foreign media. He was, however, free to speak to local press. A senior Islamabad police official told AFP that his force was not restricting Khan’s movements.

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