Without mentioning it, Union minister Sushma Swaraj managed a well-aimed swipe at Pakistan while “deploring” North Korea’s recent missile tests.
At a trilateral meeting with the US and Japan, the external affairs minister made it a point to say that North Korea’s “proliferation linkages must be explored”.
It has long been suspected – and some say proven – that Pakistan is the mother lode of North Korea’s nuclear programme.
“The external affairs minister deplored North Korea’s recent actions and stated its proliferation linkages must be explored and those involved must be held accountable,” said external affair spokesman Raveesh Kumar, reported ANI
Successive US administrations have known of the Pakistan-North Korea nuclear relationship via Central Intelligence Agency inputs. In fact, Abdul Qadeer Khan, the “father” of Pakistan’s atomic bomb, confessed in 2004 to selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
Earlier this month, Pakistani nuclear physicist, Pervez Hoodbhoy, told Germany’s Deutsche Welle media outlet that there was “complicity at a very high level”, indicating that AQ Khan didn’t act alone. Hoodbhoy said “it is very hard to believe that AQ Khan single-handedly transferred” all this technology from Pakistan to North Korea
Last week, India and Japan also made a veiled reference to Pakistan in a joint statement+ they release after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe