Pakistan expands plutonium production
Pakistan is nearing completion of a previously unknown plutonium-producing reactor at Khushab, approximately 109 miles south of Islamabad, the third such facility at the complex, a new satellite photo reveals. David Albright, the president of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), along with DigitalGlobe, provided the satellite image to ABC News. Pakistan's government did not comment on the revelation.
Pakistan's nuclear plants at Khushab are not subject to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, as it has not signed the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. India and Israel are the other two countries that opted out of the treaty. The first reactor at the Khushab site came on line in 1998. (NYT, June 23; RTT News, June 22)
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