Friday, July 23, 2004
Bhutto denies nuclear quid pro quo for N. Korean missiles
According to Pakistan's Daily Times, Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto gave an interview to the Japanese paper Asahi Shimbun in which she denied that Pakistan had traded nuclear technology for North Korean missile technology. She said she made the arrangement in 1993 during a visit to Pyongyang in return for cash.
Bhutto said it was true that while she was in office there were unspecified people who had proposed [providing nuclear technology] to the government as a way of raising foreign currency, but that she persuaded them not to. “We did not obtain them in exchange for nuclear technology. We bought them with money,” she said.