The website claimed that the world’s five original nuclear weapons
countries have all suspended production of fissile materials for new
weapons and are negotiating cuts in their nuclear arsenals. But Pakistan
is steadily building more nuclear weapons, adding production capacity
to produce plutonium and enrich uranium, and building new missiles to
deliver nuclear warheads.
It further claimed that the nuclear risks in Pakistan are three-fold:
its non-proliferation record is poor, there are concerns about the
security of sensitive nuclear materials, and there is no sign of a
slowdown in its nuclear weapons drive. A global response needs to be
calibrated to address all three of these potential threats.
Former UN weapons inspector David Albright, reported that Pakistan
appears to be building a fourth plutonium reactor at the Khushab
complex, and is expanding plutonium separation capabilities at another
Another report, from a US think tank, says Pakistan now has 70 to 90
nuclear warheads, more than its rival India. This puts Pakistan on track
to command the world’s fourth-largest nuclear weapons arsenal by the
end of the decade.
The evidence suggests that Pakistan is trying to develop a second-strike
nuclear capability. Pakistan has tested cruise and other missiles that
can carry strategic warheads from land or even from submarines.
North Korea and Pakistan also continue to partner each other such as in matters of missile and uranium enrichment technologies.
Pakistan is not party to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or NPT. In
other words, the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
to provide comprehensive safeguards is limited.
The existing three Pakistani nuclear reactors at Khushab require more
than 40 tons of uranium annually.