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    IAEA EXPERTS DO NOT RULE OUT POSSIBILITY THAT INTERNATIONAL TERRORISTS MAY GET HOLD OF NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGIES

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    VIENNA, February 21 (RIA Novosti correspondent Borislav Pechnikov) - In the light of recent events which revealed sale of nuclear technologies and equipment from Pakistan to Iran, Libya and, possibly, North Korea, experts of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) do not rule out a possibility that these technologies and equipment may have landed in the hands of international terrorists, a high-ranking official of the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna told RIA Novosti on Saturday.

    As has been revealed, the "nuclear web" woven by Abdul Kadyr Khan, the "Father of Islamic nuclear bomb", was impressively extensive." In 2001, "a certain amount" of enriched uranium was transported to Libya by a Pakistani aircraft. In mid 1990s, "an unidentified Iranian" left $3 million in a safe of one of the hotels in Dubai (UAE) as payment for a gas centrifuge required for uranium-enrichment production and manufacture of weapons-grade plutonium in Iran. The world public is now aware of other activities of this kind.

    According to our source in IAEA, "evidence of international nuclear criminals' operations has been found in many parts of the world." Traces of their activities lead from Pakistan via Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates to North Korea, Libya and Iran. Another route leads by a roundabout way from Germany, the SAR and Taiwan to Islamabad. "All this seemingly Brownian movement in fact centers around on the person - Abdul Kadyr Khan, Pakistan's national hero, major landowner, multimillionaire and, at the same time, a radical Islamic fundamentalist," the IAEA expert said.

    Therefore, he added, it cannot be ruled out that nuclear technologies - and not only those used in production of "dirty" atomic bombs - could have landed in the hands of terrorists, for example, from the notorious Al-Qaeda.

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