It would appear from the latest news from Pakistan, Iran, Jordan, Egypt and Morroco that the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty is nothing more than the equivalent of toilet paper!
The Bruni Times reported yesterday that Iran has begun construction of it's second nuclear power plant near the border of Iraq in the city of Darkhovin in the province of Khagistan. They previously built their first nuclear reactor in Busher, and purchased the complete fuel supply for it's operation from Russia. With the annonced launching of a space missle this month, even the Deputy Russian Foreign minister Abasder Losyukov was quoted as saying "he was suspicious of Iran's atomic program's real nature".
At the same time Pakistan announced that it is building it's third plutonium enrichment facility with Communist China's help. Their first reactor was operational in 1998 and they tested their first nuclear device in 2006!
Pakistan has promised King Abdulla II of Jordan that they(Pakistan) will help them constuct a nuclear power plant. Egypt and Morrocco have signed agreements with France to build a nuclear reactor, and Saudia Arabia allegedly has similar plans, so much for UN non-proliferation!
With recent reports that Mulla Omar, the one eyed cleric, and Bin Laden are hiding in the Pakistani border city Quetta, there are suspicions that not only was al Qaeda resposible for the murder of Benazir Butto, but that Pakistans weapons, including nuclear wareheads, will fall into the hands of terrorists if the present government falls.
The bombing of a hotel by a suicide bomber in a hotel in the city of Peshawar that killed 25 and seriusly wounded 30 people had the signs that al Qaeda was resposible for the bombing. After the blast, a leg was found of the suicide bomber with the letters written in indelible ink" this will be the fate of American spies".
A notorious al-Qaeda leader named Baitullah Mehsud was named by Pakistan’s Government last night as the mastermind behind Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. The security services intercepted a call from Mehsud yesterday morning in which he “congratulated his people for carrying out this cowardly act,” Brigadier Javed Iqbal Cheema, the Interior Ministry’s spokesman, announced in the Middle East Times release yesterday.
Further complicating the nuclear proliferation is this story from the Sunday London Times: "An investigation into the illicit sale of American nuclear secrets was compromised by a senior official in the State Department, a former FBI employee has claimed. The official is said to have tipped off a foreign contact about a bogus CIA company used to investigate the sale of nuclear secrets. The firm, Brewster Jennings & Associates, was a front for Valerie Plame, the former CIA agent. Her public outing two years later in 2003 by White House officials became a cause célèbre. The claims that a State Department official blew the investigation into a nuclear smuggling ring have been made by Sibel Edmonds, 38, a former Turkish language translator in the FBI’s Washington field office".
And if that is not enough to get your attention, at the same time Dutch authorities are reporting that Abdul Qadeer Khan, a nuclear scientist, had stolen nuclear secrets from a Dutch Uranium plant in 2004. He allegedly has sold these secret documents to Iran, North Korea and Lybia!
The result is that North Korea tested it's first nuclear bomb in 2006! Will Iran, Lybia and the rest of the oil rich nations of the Middle East join the "nuclear weapons club"? Why is this not newsworthy in US papers and television?