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Koizumi, Musharraf Discuss Nonproliferation Efforts

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi have met in Islamabad for talks on nuclear nonproliferation and economic issues.

Japanese diplomats said Saturday the two leaders discussed Islamabad's efforts to prevent leaks of Pakistani nuclear technology. International concerns over possible such transfers emerged after Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan confessed last year to illegally selling nuclear technology to several countries, including Iran. Mr. Khan is currently under Pakistani investigation, but few details have been made public.

The Associated Press quotes a Japanese official as saying Mr. Koizumi promised, as expected, a resumption of Japanese loans to Pakistan, ending a financial freeze imposed after Pakistan's 1998 nuclear tests.

Mr. Koizumi's one-day visit to Pakistan comes after his stop for talks Friday in India.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.