Men charged with smuggling to help Pakistan nuke program

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- An unsealed indictment in New Hampshire says five men are accused of conspiring to smuggle aircraft parts, electronic components and other technical equipment from the U.S. to Pakistan to support that country's nuclear program.

They were indicted by a federal grand jury in October.

The document said that between September 2014 and October 2019, the men operated an international network of front companies that existed to acquire goods for a Pakistani group called the Advanced Engineering Research Organization, and the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.

The indictment says the goods were exported from the United States without export licenses.

It wasn't immediately known if the men had lawyers.