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Iran Is Still Haunted by Dealings With Infamous Nuclear Smuggler

  • Diplomats say uranium traces to equipment supplied by AQ Khan
  • IAEA envoys now weigh escalating conflict with censure of Iran
Abdul Qadeer Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2009.
Abdul Qadeer Khan in Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2009.Photographer: Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images
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The world’s most infamous nuclear smuggler is still haunting Iran, with diplomats weighing whether to censure the nation over mysterious uranium particles discovered by international investigators at an undeclared site.

Some of those particles date back to Iran’s dealings with Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atomic weapons program, who died in October, according to diplomats and former officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency.