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Turning a Blind Eye on the Nuclear Black Market

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Three years after his confession to nuclear proliferation, Pakistani nuclear proliferators A.Q. Khan recently produced a torrent rhetoric in his defense.

Last month, he denied responsibility for spreading nuclear equipment to Iran and North Korea , saying he just offered “advice” on who supplies the parts. 

Then he changed his tune again last week, when he spoke to the AP. Khan said that the Pakistani Army must have known when a North Korean cargo plane picked up a shipment of nuclear centrifuges. “The army had complete knowledge about it and the equipment,” Khan said. “It must have gone with [Musharraf’s] consent.”

A spokesman for Pakistan 's foreign minister brushed aside any new allegations:  "The nuclear proliferation issue is a closed case. We do not think that a debate is required on it."

Our guests today don't agree.

Joe Trento and David Armstrong are the authors of the book “ America and the Islamic Bomb: The Deadly Compromise.”

They argue that the United States and other Western governments “consistently turned a blind eye” to Pakistan 's  “developing and then exporting nuclear technology throughout the 80's, 90's and even after 9/11.  

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