The International Atomic Energy
Agency says it is alarmed by revelations of a large global nuclear black market
and is calling on countries to deal with companies and individuals involved in
The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, told reporters experts
need to overhaul export controls on nuclear components. He said the Pakistani
scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, who confessed to transferring secret nuclear technology
to Libya, North Korea and Iran was just the "tip of the iceberg."
IAEA spokesman, Mark Gwozdecky, says Mr. Khan was not working alone.
"This apparent nuclear supermarket is the most dangerous phenomenon we've
seen in many years," said Mark Gwozdecky. "Unfortunately it doesn't end with
Mr. Khan and for us what we need to know is who supplied what, when and to
whom and did anyone else get this kind of assistance."
Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf Thursday pardoned Dr. Khan, who is
regarded as a national hero, and said he wouldn't submit to IAEA supervision
of the country's nuclear program.
Mr. Gwozdecky said the IAEA is in the process of investigating the proliferation
network, and is working with countries, such as Malaysia, which are under suspicion
for involvement in the illicit nuclear market.
He said the agency's inspectors are currently in the United States looking
at weapons design blueprints for Libya's secret nuclear program.
He said the agency sealed sensitive nuclear components taken from 10 nuclear
facilities in Libya and transported them to Tennessee. But the weapons blueprints
were taken to another undisclosed location in the United States.