Washington, DC – Congressman Howard L. Berman (D-CA), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has issued this statement in response to the State Department’s announcement today that sanctions are being imposed on 13 individuals and three private companies for involvement in the A.Q. Khan nuclear proliferation network: 

“These sanctions, though belated, are welcome. Those involved in the A.Q. Khan nuclear black market are party to the worst proliferation of nuclear equipment and technology in history. But the sanctions do not put an end to the matter; equipment and technology from this network may still be circulating, and new suppliers could well spring up to take Khan’s place.  President Obama inherits a complex situation, in which he must redouble U.S. efforts against international black markets in weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missiles, and Congress should be ready to provide new funds and the legal authorities that he may need to end the activities of these merchants of mass destruction.”

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