Pakistan is building two of the largest plutonium-producing reactors in the developing world—facilities that experts say could bolster the nuclear arsenal of a country fraught with turmoil. The US hasn’t publicly condemned the project, MSNBC reports, even though it makes Pakistan “the only country rapidly building up its nuclear forces,” says an American official.
“They’re building a capability beyond any reasonable requirement,” says a non-proliferation expert. Those in charge of the reactors’ site are longtime subjects of US concern. A former director met with Osama bin Laden shortly before 9/11 to discuss nuclear-weapons building, US officials say. To complicate matters further, with money tight in Pakistan, US aid is allowing the country to channel funds to nuclear development.