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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Straits Times > Possible nuclear arms activity in Taiwan?

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THERE is growing concern about possible nuclear weapons activity in Taiwan, says a respected US analyst, after a Taiwanese lawmaker asked in Parliament if the government is conducting secret arms planning.
Mr David Albright, president of the Washington think tank Institute for Science and International Security, said that within United States circles, 'there is concern that Taiwan may be doing nuclear weapons planning now or thinking about it, particularly after the comment in the Taiwanese Parliament'.
People First Party (PFP) legislator Nelson Ku had asked on Tuesday, according to a report on the website of the Taipei Times: 'Is there a five-person team, including active and past members from the current Taiwanese administration, planning the development of nuclear weapons'.
Mr Albright said there is a commitment in the US government 'to stop something in terms of even feasibility studies of secret nuclear weapons development before it develops'.
If Taiwan did something like that, 'its relationship with the US would be threatened and then Taiwan would have no defence against China,' he said. -- AFP
From: http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,4386,278577,00.html?


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