February 23, 2004

THIS STORY seems to illustrate two things. First, that the “domino effect” from the invasion of Iraq is paying big dividends, and second that the IAEA process doesn’t work:

Libya succeeded in making weapons-grade plutonium before announcing it would abandon its efforts to build a nuclear bomb, United Nations inspectors said yesterday. . . .

Libya had been able to buy many of the components needed to build a centrifuge to enrich uranium from the nuclear “supermarket” operated by the Pakistani scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan.

The IAEA report confirmed that Libya had also bought enriched uranium. This was flown to Libya from Pakistan, said a police report citing the alleged chief financier of the nuclear black market, Buhary Syed Abu Tahir.

Fortunately, fear did what international arms control couldn’t.

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