China Denies Links to Suspected Nuclear Exporter

China yesterday denied involvement with a Japanese precision instrument manufacturer accused of illegally exporting technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, Feb. 13).

Mitutoyo Corp. is under investigation for shipments in 2001 to Japanese companies in China and Thailand, according to AP.

“After our inquiries, we felt that this issue had nothing to do with China,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao (Associated Press/Mainichi Daily News, Feb. 15).

Thailand, meanwhile, pledged full cooperation with Japanese and international authorities over the allegations, Agence France-Presse reported.

Thai Foreign Minister Kantathi Suphamonkhon said he has requested additional information from Tokyo.

“As of now we do not have official notification from Japan, but if there is any involvement with Thai nationals, the Thai government is ready to fully coordinate and cooperate with the Japanese government,” Suphamonkhon said.

“I can reaffirm that Thailand is fully complying with the International Atomic Energy Agency,” he added (Agence France-Presse/Zee News, Feb. 14).

February 15, 2006
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China yesterday denied involvement with a Japanese precision instrument manufacturer accused of illegally exporting technology that could be used to produce nuclear weapons, the Associated Press reported (see GSN, Feb. 13).

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