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Responding to Tim Carney’s March 7 cover story in Human Events revealing that the U.S. government’s Export-Import Bank has given preliminary approval to $5 billion in loans or loan guarantees to the China National Nuclear Corp., which has been implicated in proliferating nuclear-weapons-related technology to Iran and Pakistan, White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan this week said, “If you’re talking about for peaceful civilian purposes, that’s one matter. If you’re talking about proliferation, that’s another matter.” McClellan added that the U.S. has “export controls on countries and we enforce those export controls.”

When Human Events’ John Gizzi pressed him with CNNC’s reported dealings with Pakistan and Iran, McClellan said: “If you want to bring me the specific report, I’ll be glad to take a look at it. We have acted in certain instances when there have been companies in countries like China that have violated our export controls.”

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