China's Illegal Actions Detailed: Deutch Tells Senate of Arms Violations
Gertz, Bill, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
CIA Director John M. Deutch yesterday confirmed that China is continuing to export "inappropriate" nuclear technology and missiles to Pakistan and said the agency is watching China's menacing military movements in Asia on a "minute-by-minute" basis.
The remarks, in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, were the first official expression of concern that China sold 5,000 ring magnets to Pakistan last year for use in machines that enrich uranium for weapons.
Until the testimony, the White House and State Department would not say whether the Chinese magnets were sold to Pakistan in violation of U.S. anti-proliferation law.
"The intelligence community continues to get accurate and timely information on Chinese activities that involve inappropriate weapons and military technology assistance to other countries," Mr. Deutch told the Intelligence Committee during an annual briefing on world threats.
China's proliferation activities include "nuclear technology to Pakistan, M-11 missiles to Pakistan, cruise missiles to Iran," Mr. Deutch said.
All those activities require the administration to impose economic sanctions for violating several laws aimed at curbing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, missiles and advanced arms. The laws allow the president to waive the sanctions.
Senior administration officials are debating whether to impose sanctions on China for the ring-magnet sale, as well as for the sale of C-802 advanced cruise missiles to Iran. Mr. Deutch, who holds Cabinet rank, is part of the debate.
The disclosure that the CIA believes M-11 missiles - not just related technology - were transferred to Pakistan also requires sanctions to be imposed for violating the Missile Technology Control Regime.
Sen. Arlen Specter, Pennsylvania Republican and Intelligence Committee chairman, said reports of the Chinese proliferation activity could trigger sanctions. …