Friday, May 20, 2011

Pakistan Weapons-Grade Nuclear Reactor on Fast Track

Pakistan is building a weapons-grade nuclear reactor at an alarmingly fast pace and nobody knows where the funding is coming from.
"...'This is a military reactor. It's outside of the civilian program.'
U.S. officials have been watching the Khushab facility for some time, but say there is no good explanation how Pakistan is paying for this..."
America's relationship with Pakistan is strained since the killing of OBL.  Senator John Kerry doesn't think we should cut funding to Pakistan and Secretary of Defense Gates fears who may get their hands on a Pakistani nuclear weapon if we do.
"...Defense Secretary Robert Gates and others have warned that cutting off relations or aid to Pakistan would be dangerous because the government and military of Pakistan could fall under more influence from Islamic radicals who are sympathetic to Al Qaeda.
It is also feared any nuclear weapons made at the facility could fall into the hands of hardline militants..."
 America has given Pakistan loads of money since 9/11:
"...Although the U.S. has provided Pakistan with $20 billion in military and economic aid since September 11, 2001, it has been said that there is 'no explanation' as to how Pakistan are paying for the latest reactor..."
If the money isn't coming from us...then who???

According to Mail Online:

Satellite images reveal alarming speed Pakistan is rushing to finish weapons-grade nuclear reactor

"...New satellite images have shown the alarming speed at which Pakistan is constructing a weapons-grade nuclear reactor.
The aerial images, taken on April 20, show the rapid building progress of the fourth reactor to produce plutonium in Pakistan's Khushab facility.
The site was barren in 2009 and the facility 'costing billions' was undetectable by satellite just 17 months ago, but has since grown at an alarming rate..."

Image taken in March 2000 shows an earlier Pakistan plutonium reactor at Khushab
The rate of construction at the Khushab nuclear facility has 'raised eyebrows' with US officials

Related Article and Video:
Fox News:  Pakistan Rushes to Finish Construction of Fourth Nuclear Reactor

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