Report: N.Korea bribed Pakistanis to get nuclear know-how

July 7, 2011 07:37

WASHINGTON - The father of Pakistan's nuclear bomb said North Korea's government paid more than $3 million in bribes to top Pakistani military officials to obtain nuclear technology, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Abdul Qadeer Khan has released a copy of a letter from a North Korean official dated 1998 which details the deal, the Post said.

The letter says that $3 million was paid to one Pakistani military official, while another was given a half-million dollars and some jewelry. It appears to be signed by North Korean Workers Party Secretary Jon Byong, the newspaper said.

In exchange, Khan was expected to give documents on a nuclear program to North Korea, said the Post, which said it was unable to independently verify the account.

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