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Report of Pakistani uranium-enrichment plant

December 14, 1987

Pakistan is building a second uranium enrichment plant at Golra, near Islamabad, according to a report in the Friday edition of the Financial Times of London, based on Western reports. Pakistan already has such a facility at Kahuta. The paper noted that the Golra plant, which is not yet operational, further complicates Pakistan's relations with the United States. The US is concerned that a goal of Pakistan's nuclear program is the development of nuclear weapons. US intelligence reports say Pakistan's Kahuta facility has enriched uranium to 90 percent, suitable for such weapons.

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According to the report, US satellites have watched the construction of the plant at Golra over several months.

The Pakistan embassy in London said the Golra reports were baseless.