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UK Educates Iranians in Nuclear Physics

October 27, 2007

Its not just Iranians. We, the West, need to stop giving away know-how.

From The Sunday Times
October 28, 2007
Iranians study nuclear physics in Britain
Jack Grimston
THE Foreign Office has cleared dozens of Iranians to enter British universities to study advanced nuclear physics and other subjects with the potential to be applied to weapons of mass destruction.

In the past nine months about 60 Iranians have been admitted to study postgraduate courses deemed “proliferation-sensitive” by the security services. The disciplines range from nuclear physics to some areas of electrical and chemical engineering and microbiology.

Additionally, figures obtained by David Willetts, the shadow secretary for innovation, universities and skills, show that in 2005-06, 30 Iranians were doing postgraduate degrees in subjects covering nuclear physics and nuclear engineering.

A. Q. Khan, Pakistan’s nuclear chief profilerator, got his Ph.D. in Belgium in the 1970’s. Its not just the current hot country. We have to stop this training completely for non-Westerners. That includes those born here from the third world, because some will take that knowledge back. Abdul Salam was educated in physics in the UK and started Pakistan’s nuclear program in the 1960’s.

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