US blacklists father and son over alleged nuclear racket

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Two British businessmen, a father and son, were yesterday blacklisted by the US government for their alleged involvement in the world’s worst illicit nuclear proliferation racket.

Peter Griffin, a 73-year-old believed to be living in the south of France, and his son, Paul, 44, were among 13 individuals and three companies named by the US state department and treasury for involvement in the nuclear smuggling network headed by the disgraced Pakistani metallurgist, Abdul Qadeer Khan.

The Khan network supplied much of the technology and knowhow for Iran’s clandestine nuclear projects which were discovered in 2003, triggering a major, inconclusive, international crisis that looks like being one of the toughest problems confronting the incoming Obama administration.


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