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Weapons are safe, leader says

Pakistan's president said Saturday that airtight military control over his country's nuclear weapons will keep them safe from terrorists _ even if something happens to him.

Pervez Musharraf, who endured two assassination attempts in the past month, said, "as long as the military of Pakistan remains, nothing can go wrong."

Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum, Musharraf also revealed details of how the development of Pakistan's secret nuclear program gave wide latitude to scientists, possibly allowing them to sell nuclear secrets "for personal gain."

For years Pakistan rejected reports that its scientists might have been involved in proliferation and provided technology to North Korea, Iran, Libya and Iraq.

The country started hedging in December, however, and Musharraf said investigations began after Iran disclosed to the U.N. inspection agency the names of people who provided them with nuclear technology, which included Pakistani scientists.

"I accept that," he said, adding that he would like to see European countries and scientists investigated for their involvement.

Musharraf, Pakistan's top general, who seized power in a bloodless 1999 coup, said that only the European countries had the sophisticated metallurgy necessary to produce key elements for nuclear weapons.

Speaking on the security of his nation's nuclear weapons, Musharraf said Friday there were multiple layers of security, and not even he had free access to all the equipment and information about the program.

"I don't think anyone knows where those weapons are. Nobody knows. Even the United States doesn't know where they are. There is no attack possible on our nuclear assets."