News Summary on Centrifuge Contamination in Iran (Excerpts)

March 30, 2005

Related Country: 

  • Iran

. . .

Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, while speaking at a news conference in Karachi yesterday, said Pakistan may handover parts of used centrifuges to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the 'express request' of Iran and the IAEA for matching the contamination level with Iran's centrifuges which are in IAEA's custody. He said that transfer of some out-of-date pieces of centrifuges which today have no relevance whatsoever to Pakistan's currently high-developed nuclear program is under consideration. They would be dispatched under the custody of Pakistani scientists and would be brought back to Pakistan, he said. At no point will these currently useless centrifuge components be out of our custody. The analysis will be carried out in the presence of our experts and the results will be fully shared with our experts, he added. He said, we hope the controversy will end after their inspection. Pakistan wants to be transparent in this controversy. He said that Pakistan's nuclear program could not be rolled back under any deal as its pace and progress clearly showed that such programs are there to stay and be prospered. The Minister said, Pakistan would not become a part of any international plan to attack Iran. He said, Pakistan would never allow use of its territory by a third country against the interests of Iran.

. . .