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    US imposes missile sanctions on Pakistan

    Here it is from the Dawn:
    http://www.dawn.com/2000/11/22/top1.htm

    US imposes missile sanctions on Pakistan


    By Tahir Mirza

    WASHINGTON, Nov 21: The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions under the Missile Control Technology regime against the Pakistani Ministry of Defence and the Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Organization (SUPARCO) while lifting similar sanctions against China.

    The sanctions were announced by acting Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher at a news briefing on Tuesday afternoon. He said the sanctions would be for two years during which all commercial contacts with the entities concerned would be frozen.

    In reply to a question, Mr Boucher indicated that the US would be prepared to discuss a waiver with Pakistan. The new sanctions also apply to Iran, which along with Pakistan has been accused by the US of receiving missile technology development help from China.

    Asked whether it was not odd that China, which had allegedly transferred missile technology, was being taken off the hook while sanctions were being imposed on Pakistan and Iran, Mr Boucher said it was not a question of taking anyone off the hook or putting anyone on the hook. The US was concerned only with controlling the transfer of ballistic missile technology from any one country to another. Asked whether India, with its large missile arsenal, figured in US concerns in this context, Mr Boucher said India should welcome the assurances given by China that no further transfers of missile technology would take place.

    In his statement announcing the lifting of sanctions against China, Mr Boucher said in consideration of Beijing's commitment to strengthen its missile related export control system, "we have decided to waive economic sanctions required by US law for past assistance by Chinese entities to missile programmes in Pakistan and Iran."

    AFP adds: Washington will now resume processing and issuing licenses for commercial space cooperation between US and Chinese companies, notably allowing once again launches of US satellites from China, he said.

    Processing and issuance of such licenses have been barred since February under the now-waived sanctions.

    In addition, frozen discussions between Washington and Beijing on extending a 1995 agreement on international trade and commercial satellite launch services would resume "as soon as possible," he said.

    Boucher stressed that the waiver applied only to sanctions imposed for past violations of US law regarding the transfer of missiles and related technology and that Washington reserved the right to impose sanctions for any possible future transactions.

    "China's statement includes broad new commitments on nonproliferation and security imports but its value ultimately will depend on whether those commitments are implemented fully and conscientiously," he said.

    Nonetheless, he said Washington "welcomed" the statement.

    A senior US official said the decision to waive the sanctions on China while imposing them on Pakistan and Iran was not meant to reward or punish any nation but to encourage non-proliferation efforts.

    In Pakistan and Iran, the United States imposed sanctions against various government agencies and entities, including the ministries of defence in both countries, that received the Chinese assistance, Boucher said.

    In Pakistan, two-year bans on the import of certain US technologies and awarding of US government contracts were imposed against the defence ministry, the Space and Upper Atmospheric Research Commission and their related units, he said.

    In addition, all imports from those agencies into the United States are banned for the two-year period.

    In Iran, sanctions are imposed against the defence ministry, the Armed Forces Logistics Command and the Defence Industries Organization and their related units, Boucher said.

    However, he noted that the new sanctions would have little practical effect on either country because of existing restrictions on Iran, including the ongoing US embargo on Tehran, as well as those against Pakistan after their 1998 nuclear tests.

    "The new sanctions will actually have very limited economic effect, but they do send a strong signal that the United States opposes these countries' missiles programmes," he said.

    The Chinese foreign ministry statement, released by the official Xinhua news agency shortly before Boucher spoke and distributed to reporters at the State Department, outlined what US officials said was a comprehensive commitment addressing Washington's proliferation concerns.

    In it, Beijing said it "has no intention to assist in any way, any country in the development of ballistic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons."

    In addition, China pledged to develop an export control list of missile and missile technology items for which special permits would be required should Chinese companies want to sell abroad.

    Beijing also vowed to "exercise special scrutiny and caution" on missile-related material not included on the list, the statement said.


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    From the News;
    http://www.jang-group.com/thenews/no...main/main1.htm

    US slaps sanctions on Pakistan, Iran
    Move to have limited economic effect; US govt to impose two-year ban on export licences on several entities in Pakistan, Iran; Defence Ministry, SUPARCO to be affected; sanctions against China waived

    WASHINGTON: The United States said on Tuesday it was waiving sanctions against China for past assistance to Iran and Pakistan with missile technology but imposing them on entities in these two states for receiving the transfers. Spokesman Richard Boucher said the move was being made following the release of an anti-proliferation statement issued by the Chinese Foreign Ministry earlier in the day that said Beijing would no longer assist countries in building ballistic missiles that can deliver nuclear weapons.

    "The US side has decided to waive sanctions under US law for past Chinese assistance to missile programmes in Pakistan and Iran, and to resume certain commercial space interactions with China," State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said. "Sanctions have been imposed upon Pakistani and Iranian recipients of the Chinese assistance," he added.

    This meant the United States would resume processing licenses for commercial space cooperation between US and Chinese companies, and talks on extending a 1995 accord on international trade and commercial launch services, he said. But the US government would impose a two-year ban on export licenses for commerce- and state-controlled items in all new US government contracts on several entities in Iran and Pakistan, and their subunits and successor bodies.

    A US embargo against Iran and other existing sanctions meant the move would have limited economic effect on Iran and Pakistan, Boucher said."But they do send a strong signal that the United States opposes these countries' missiles programs," he said. In Pakistan, the affected bodies were the defense ministry and Space and Upper-Atmosphere Research Commission. In Iran, the Defense Industries Organization, defense ministry and Armed Forces Logistics Command were affected.

    Beijing pledged to improve its export control system, including publishing at an early date a full list of missile-related items, including dual-use ones. "This development can strengthen cooperation between the United States and China to achieve our common objective of preventing the spread of ballistic missiles that threaten regional and international security," Boucher said.

    But Boucher said the value of Beijing's commitments would depend on them being implemented "fully and conscientiously". "In that connection, while the United States is waiving sanctions that would otherwise be imposed for past transfers to missile programs in Pakistan and Iran, the waiver does not apply to any transfers that might occur in the future," he said. "We're confident that the next administration will follow this question closely," he added.

    The Chinese foreign ministry statement, released by the official Xinhua news agency shortly before Boucher spoke and distributed to reporters at the State Department, outlines what US officials said was a comprehensive commitment addressing Washington's proliferation concerns. In it, Beijing said it "has no intention to assist in any way, any country in the development of ballistic missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons."

    In addition, China pledged to develop an export control list of missile and missile technology items for which special permits would be required should Chineses companies want to sell abroad. Beijing also vowed to "exercise special scrutiny and caution" on missile-related material not included on the list, the statement said.

    Under President Bill Clinton, who hands over to his successor in January, the US government has been involved in discussions with China on non-proliferation for years. Boucher said some Chinese and Pakistani entities had been involved in transfers of complete missiles, or their major subsystems or production facilities, and in a second category, of components of materials used to make them. Chinese entities transferred to Iran components for missiles or their major subsystems, he added.

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    What utter bull****.
    I swear these americans are facting scared of us.
    Another way to appease India.
    But hey no prob.
    China will still provide us arms.
    We haven't bought military technology from the US since 1988.
    12 years have passed, and we are building our own stuff, which is at NATO production levels.
    And the Chinese are helping us in all matters.
    So i say screw this embargo.

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    #2
    world is worried about extremist taking control of nukes and missiles . i am not talking about musharuff's goverment which is moderate but what about when extremist take over. i think internation community have the obligation to prevent such a scenarios

    [This message has been edited by rvikz (edited November 22, 2000).]

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      #3
      Well they did not do it when the racist BJP and RSS came to power now did they???
      The didn't do it in Israel, when the Likud came to power.
      Etc.
      I think they should put India under those sanctions as well, so those trigger happy idiots don't start world war 3 with China.
      As for extremists taking control in Pakistan??
      Never heard more bull**** in my life.

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        #4
        This sanctimonious bull**** is only skin deep. USA is probably pissed off that we are aquiring both technology and hardware without their 'help' since they messed us around over the F-16s some time back.

        The world's a big place and money talks. USA can shove their sanctions up Albright's ass.

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          #5
          And who gives a damn! A country which can't even pick a President - 15 days after the election has Zero credibilty in my book!

          Plus they need another excuse to build their dream "National Missile Defence" - what a fraud like Star wars!

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            #6
            yaaaaawwwwwn

            US imposed sanctions have become more of a farce, because most of the time they merely revolve around US's own dealings with the country in question. US sanctions didnt work against Iraq, or Yugoslavia. And the military sanctions that they imposed against Pakistan in '90(?) didnt really make a dent in Pakistans efforts to improve its arsenal, did it? Actually, thanks to the US opting out via sanctions, Pakistani scientists got a chance to step up to the task and put out an atom bomb.
            And to picturise the hypocrisy of the US, some new law is mysteriously enacted in the US legislature everytime Israel is involved in any such 'violation', which would warrant automatic sanctions. All in all, US doesnt haev any more clout left with the international community. Nothing even close to what it was 15 yrs ago.

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              #7
              Who cares about the US sacntions any more !

              They ain't controlling jack !

              [This message has been edited by Musalman (edited November 22, 2000).]

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                #8
                These stupid sanctions, against whoever is not listening to USA at the moment are quite ridiculous. But the fact of the matter is that they are good in a way, this sort of behavior signals the beginning of the end of the American empire. A lot of empires have been destroyed because of this kind of attitude, when they start to think of themselves as lord and master of the universe. They become too full of themselves and ultimately make too many enemies.
                It's not only the Muslim world is tired of them but a lot of countries in Europe don't like them either.
                A lot of people cannot swallow the fact that such a strong empire will ever diminish in power, it is not even a remote possibility to some, since they have the glitter of the shiny things in their eyes or they have the false perception that by defending American policies they are considered one of the Americans, and they are sadly mistaken. These sorts of people may have a hard time believing the demise of USA, but it will happen. Anything that goes up must come down.

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                  #9
                  US Imposing sanctions on Pakistan?

                  Its not imposing sanctions its - self-statisfication. That US has a habit of doing. Often times, a habitual practice becomes somewhat boring but you have to do it, because you have no other choice.

                  They are a failed democracy with vote-frauds on their necks. Shame on US.

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                    #10
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                    http://www.dawn.com/2000/11/23/top2.htm

                    Maleeha blasts US government move

                    By Our Staff Correspondent

                    WASHINGTON, Nov 22: The fresh sanctions against Pakistan announced by the United States on Tuesday under the Missile Control Technology Regime in what is seen as a move to mount political pressure on Islamabad have been described as unwarranted and unjustified by Pakistan's ambassador to Washington.

                    The ambassador, Ms Maleeha Lodhi, stressed that China had not transferred or exported anything to Pakistan that contravened the MTCR. She said both Pakistan and China had clearly on several occasions announced that there had been no transfer that violated the MTCR.

                    The new sanctions also apply to Iran which, along with Pakistan, has been accused by the US of receiving missile technology development help from China.

                    Ms Maleeha Lodhi pointed out that these would not have any practical effect because Pakistan was already under a wide range of sanctions. She said Pakistan believed that the MTCR approach was a flawed one and discriminatory in seeking to control missile proliferation. On the one hand, she said, it allows countries to develop, produce and test missiles and, on the other, it targets developing countries that have to defend themselves against missile threats.

                    She said Pakistan believed the missile issue should be addressed comprehensively.

                    In his statement announcing the lifting of sanctions against China, US acting assistant secretary of state Richard Boucher had said that in consideration of Beijing's commitment to strengthen its missile-related export control system, "we have decided to waive economic sanctions required by US law for past assistance by Chinese entities to missile programmes in Pakistan and Iran."

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                    Can anyone smell the stink coming from US of A? It's ok for China to transfer technology but not for Pakistan and Iran to receive it?

                    18 US navy personnel were killed when a rubber dinghy ploughed into a warship in Yemen recently. Ha ha ha

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                      #11
                      I think that Pakistan and the USA should agree a safe trade deal like on election monitors? That could build trust for the future? http://www3.pak.org/gupshup/smilies/hehe.gif

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                        #12
                        Sajadam try using a spell checker for a change buddy, and please come out of your Kargil nightmare please...you Indians get sadder and sadder!

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                          #13
                          Rvikz

                          India claims it can build 5000 km range ICBM
                          From Iftikhar Gilani NEW DELHI - India Wednesday claimed that it can build Inter-continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM)
                          Exactly. And with a Hindutva government in power, USA would have put sanctions on India as well if they weren't a bunch of Jews in Washington.

                          Anyway, the effects aren't going to really harm Pakistan as we are becoming more self-reliant in weapon technology. Thank you America for your sanctions which have speeded up this process!

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                          http://www.dawn.com/2000/11/23/top3.htm


                          'Sanctions will bring self-reliance'
                          By Our Reporter

                          KARACHI, Nov 22: The latest missile technology-related two-year American sanctions, freezing all commercial contacts with Pakistan's defence ministry and SUPARCO, will not affect the country's pursuit for self-reliance in defence technology and exploring of market for its surplus capability.

                          This was stated by the chief coordinator of the recently- concluded defence exhibition, Maj-Gen Syed Ali Hamid, at a news conference here on Wednesday.

                          " The end result of these sanctions has been that it has pushed us more on the road to self-reliance," he said in response to a question, indicating that Pakistan would accelerate its endeavour for offsetting the restrictions which were aimed at slowing down acquisition of adequate missile-based delivery system by Pakistan.

                          Pakistan's defence export at present was to the tune of 200 million dollars annually, he added.

                          Gen Hamid said an African country had shown interest in Pakistan's Al Zarrar tank, which was an upgraded version of T-59 tank. Although he did not name the country, sources said that Zimbabwe was interested in such technology, besides some other countries of that continent.

                          Between 15,000 and 20,000 tanks of this category were presently in service around the world, Gen Hamid said.

                          He said Pakistan had a surplus capability in this category of tank and could export some of them. He could not, however, explain how Pakistan, without an assurance of sufficient credit line, could enter into a market which was dominated mostly by American, British, French and South African manufacturers.

                          He told a questioner that South Africa had a well-developed defence production industry, but political factors could be a detriment to their marketing, as compared to Pakistan which was not attaching any political strings to the sale of its products



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                            #14
                            This is great – we should thanks US for doing this to us. If they don’t sell us the material/tech that we need, we’ll have to do it by our selves. A great push in the right direction. I wonder why the time limit is two years though, waiting for CE? Anyway Pak is a good market for China, so these sanctions won’t stop them in selling us anything, not even if they, the Chinese officially say so. (That’s my wild guess)

                            Khair Pak should take part in the media war – our government should be able to highlight the moral holes in these sanctions, we’ll do what we have to do anyway. Now we know that we can make money in this market, so if US couldn’t stop us from making nukes, by blocking tech and materials, how can they convince our ppl that we’re better off without missiles?

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                              #15
                              Exactly Sabah. On the one hand, USA is trying to stop us from acquiring missile technology, on the other it is turning a blind eye to our neighbours far larger defence spending.

                              In the long run USA themselves have lost out because Pakistan is no longer a buyer of their military equipment...or their non-obtainable spare parts when they are most needed. USA has as much chance of stopping Chinese trade with Pakistan as it has of stopping their massive software piracy business.

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