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Pakistan supports Iran right to nuclear technology: spokesman

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 10, IRNA -- Pakistan Saturday reiterated its longstanding policy to support Iran’s right to use nuclear technology for peaceful means.

“Pakistan believes that all countries have a right to access the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said at weekly press briefing when he was asked about Iranian nuclear issue.

“Pakistan also strongly believes that states should adhere to their international obligations and if there are any problems, differences or disputes these should be resolved through peaceful means,” the Pakistani spokesman said.

To a question about Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project, the spokesman said it is Pakistan’s sovereign decision and there is no outside pressure in this regard.

“Now we are in the process of implementing the project to meet our growing energy requirements,” Abdul Basit said.

Responding to questions about the nuclear security summit in Washington, the foreign office spokesman said that forty seven countries are participating in the meeting.

There are four agenda items including discussing the threat of nuclear terrorism, national actions to secure vulnerable nuclear material, international action to secure nuclear assets and role of the IAEA in nuclear security.

He said Pakistan will not make any comprise on its nuclear deterrence capability which guarantees peace and security in the region.

Responding to the questions, the Foreign Office Spokesman said Pakistan's command and control system is second to none and its nuclear credentials are impeccable. “Pakistan knows its obligations for the safety of nuclear installations.”

To a question, Abdul Basit said that the summit is not a country specific and world leaders including Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani will apprise the summit about the action Pakistan has taken for the last several years regarding securing the nuclear assets. He said Pakistan will actively participate in the deliberations of the summit.

When asked about Prime Minister's engagement in the US, he said this will be his first visit to Washington since taking charge of the national command authority. He said the two countries have embarked upon a new relationship and hoped the meeting between Mr. Gilani and President Obama will help accelerate the momentum of relations generated in the strategic dialogue in Washington.

End News / IRNA / News Code 1046827

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