External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has sought a probe into Pyongyang’s nuclear proliferation links with other nations.Now, as Pyongyang’s belligerent missile tests continue, India, the US, and Japan seem to want to dig deeper into it.
In 2004, Pakistan’s most famous nuclear scientist, Abdul Qadeer Khan, admitted to have transferred nuclear technology to North Korea and other nations, a confession that led to his detainment for five years. These unnerving revelations were reinforced yet again earlier this month by another Pakistani nuclear scientist, Pervez Hoodbhoy.
“EAM Sushma Swaraj deplored North Korea’s recent actions and stated that its proliferation linkages must be explored and those involved must be held accountable,” MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar was quoted as saying by NDTV on Tuesday.
Swaraj made these remarks during her trilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono, on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly session here.
Last week, India and Japan also made a veiled reference to Pakistan in a joint statement they released after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.