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“It is not as though we did not give Russia and China a hall pass to support the peaceful power program in Iran,” said Henry Sokolski, the executive director of the Nonproliferation Education Policy Center.

“We thought we stemmed the transfers that mattered and the Chinese transfers would not result in a major risk. We were wrong and we looked the other way. In this context, the A.Q. Khan transfers were icing on this proliferation cake.”