The Father of the Pakistan’s nuclear bomb, Dr. AQ Khan, has revealed that the hydrogen bomb that North Korea exploded this week, is far superior than that of his country’s and that it has the capability to destroy any city within minutes. ‘Hydrogen bombs are much more powerful than atom bombs. For instance, an atom bomb may destroy the area in the radius of 1 to 2 km, but a hydrogen bomb can devastate an entire city,’ he said.
Dr. Khan ruled out that Pakistan had provided any help to Pyongyang in this regard. According to him North Korea was quite self-reliant in this regard and did not need any help from other nations. It has a group of highly qualified scientists and who are highly capable and most of them had studied in Russia.
Dr Qadeer who was in North Korea twice under a missile programme, said he found that they had much better quality experts and technicians than Pakistan. Asked if North Korea received any assistance in this regard from Pakistan, Dr Khan outright rejected the idea. ‘It’s out of the question. Their overall technology is better than ours. We have the same old and conventional technology. We never saw their facilities and nor ever discussed the programme.’
He mentioned that its two Communist neighbours, China and Russia, would never leave North Korea alone and recalled the support the two extended to Vietnam in its war with the US.
However, he recalled that Pakistan’s association with North Korea for the missile programme was common knowledge and ‘in fact, the Pakistani government itself announced that we were in contact with North Korea.’