Continuing diplomatic moves against Pakistan at global level, India’s Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj managed a well aimed swipe at Pakistan while “deploring” North Korea’s recent missile tests on Monday.
Speaking at a trilateral meeting with US and Japan at the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session, she made it a point that North Korea’s “proliferation linkages must be explored”. This was her first scheduled meeting after arriving at New York for participating in the UN General Assembly session.
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Pakistan is considered to be the mother lode of North Korea’s nuclear programme. Abdul Qadeer Khan, father of Pakistan’s atomic bomb, had confessed in 2004 about selling nuclear secrets to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
Raveesh Kumar, the spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs, has reportedly said, “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.”
Recently, Pervez Hoodbhoy, a Pakistani nuclear scientist told Germany’s Deusche Welle media outlet that there was “complicity at a very high level”, indicating that AQ Khan didn’t act alone. He was quoted saying, “it is very hard to believe that AQ Khan single-handedly transferred” all this technology from Pakistan to North Korea.
Recently, joint statement released at the end of talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, made a veiled reference to Pakistan while condemning North Korea’s nuclear programme as a grave threat to global peace and stressed on holding accountable “all parties supporting the nation’s nuclear ambitions”.
Pervez Hoodbhoy was quoted saying German media outlet, “…it was a high-security installation in Pakistan and guarded with very fearsome amount of policing and military intelligence surrounding it. Moreover, the centrifuge weighs half a ton each and it is not possible that these could have been smuggled out in a match box, so certainly there was complicity at a very high level.”
During her week-long stay in New York, Sushma Swaraj is expected to hold about 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with leaders attending the UN General Asssembly. She will also participate in a high-level meeting on UN reforms, hosted by the US and chaired by President Donald Trump.
Earlier, India’s permanent representative at UN Syed Akbaruddin had said that besides the UN reforms, issues of climate change, terrorism, people centric migration and peacekeeping are other key focus areas for India this year.