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CIA Report Blames China, Russia for Massive Weapons Proliferation

Saturday, 08 September 2001 12:00 AM

Bill Gertz, writing in the Washington Times, says the report shows that China supplied missile technology and related goods to Pakistan, Iran, North Korea and Libya.

In addition to China, Russia and North Korea are also listed as major exporters of these types of equipment and missile systems to the same reqions, the CIA report added. "Chinese entities provided Pakistan with missile-related technical assistance," the report said. "Pakistan has been moving toward domestic serial production of solid-propellent [short-range ballistic missiles] with Chinese help."

According to Gertz, the report said Pakistan also needs continued support from China for its Shaheen-2 medium-range missile.

"In addition, firms in China have provided dual-use missile-related items, raw materials, and/or assistance to several other countries of proliferation concern such as Iran, North Korea, and Libya," the report revealed.

Gertz wrote that the CIA report also noted there are indications China has continued to assist Pakistan in developing nuclear weapons in violation of a 1996 pledge to the United States not to do so. Moreover, China seems to have violated another pledge not to provide new assistance to Iran's nuclear program, which the CIA believes will be used to build nuclear arms.

There are also questions about China's continued nuclear cooperation with Iran in violation of its pledge, and "the administration is seeking to address these questions with appropriate Chinese authorities," the report said.

According to the report, China also supplied advanced conventional arms to Pakistan, Iran, Sudan and other nations. Russia and North Korea, along with China, were identified in the report as "key suppliers" of missiles and weapons of mass destruction to unstable areas around the world.

"During the second half of 2000, entities in Russia, North Korea and China continued to supply crucial ballistic missile-related equipment, technology and expertise to Iran," the report said. Russian firms "continued to supply a variety of ballistic missile-related goods and technical know-how to countries such as Iran, India, China and Libya."

Moreover, Russian missile assistance helped Iran in particular to accelerate its medium-range Shahab-3 missile development. The missile has been flight-tested three times, the report said, adding that continuing Russian missile assistance "likely supports Iranian efforts to develop new missiles and increase Tehran's self-sufficiency in missile production."

According to the CIA, Russia also supplies nuclear reactors for both China's and India's naval-propulsion systems. In addition, the report noted that India has discussed leasing nuclear-powered attack submarines from Moscow.

North Korea was identified as a supplier of missile goods to nations in the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.

Gertz listed other chilling revelations in the report:

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