AP Exclusive: New signs of Syria-Pakistan nuke tie

By DESMOND BUTLER and GEORGE JAHN | November 1, 2011 | 2:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.N. investigators have identified a previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters suspicions that the regime worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could make nuclear weapons.

Officials told The Associated Press the buildings closely match the design of a uranium enrichment plant provided to Libya when Moammar Gadhafi (MOO'-ah-mar gah-DAH'-fee) was trying to build nuclear weapons under Khan's guidance.

U.N. investigators also have obtained correspondence between Khan and a Syrian official. The Syrian proposed cooperation and a visit to Khan's laboratories.

Details were provided to the AP by a senior diplomat and a former U.N. investigator. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.