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Iran Tried For Nuke Deal With Pakistan

Monday, 15 Mar 2010 10:15 PM

Iran attempted to buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan in 1990 but a putative deal was rejected at the last moment by the former head of the Pakistani military, according to an official transcript leaked in Washington.

Iran had struck an agreement with Pakistan's army chief to buy "nuclear bombs" for $10 billion (£6.6 billion) but Pakistani officials pulled out of the offer when an Iranian delegation travelled to Islamabad to collect the material in 1990.

Adml Ali Shamkhani, the former Iranian defence minister, attempted to finalise the sale in a meeting with Adml Iftikhar Ahmed Sirohey, then chairman of Pakistan's joint chiefs, according to an 11-page statement by Pakistan scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan that has been made public for the first time.

It said: "He had come to collect the promised nuclear bombs."

The confession was obtained by Simon Henderson, a fellow at the Washington Institute think tank.

"This is the first real indication that Iran wants - and has always wanted - a nuclear bomb, not just nuclear technology.

"Iran's motivation is also clear: after the experience of the 1980-88 war with Iraq, it decided it needed the ultimate deterrent."

Gen Mirza Aslam Beg, the Pakistan Army chief who had reached a deal with the Iranians, was said to have revolted against the decision and demanded that then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto go through with the deal.

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