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N-experts due in Pakistan for talks on non-proliferation

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 9, IRNA
A high-level experts delegation of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is arriving here on Sunday for discussion on non-proliferation and control of nuclear and related exports, a local publication wrote on Saturday.

The 44-nation alliance keeps an eye on the world exports of nuclear materials that could be used for making atomic weapons.

It consists of developed countries including the United States, Russia, Canada, France and Japan.

China is the only nuclear and permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, which has no representation on the grouping.

The group was constitutded immediately after India's first nuclear tests in 1974 to enforce controls on unathorised nuclear exports, The News daily said.

Islamabad detonated nuclear devices in May 1998 in response to New Delhi's in the same month.

Foreign Office Spokesman Jalil Abbas Jillani has denied any plan of inspection of the country's nuclear installations by the visiting team.

Ever since Pakistan conducted nuclear test, it has been facing pressure from the international community which mounted further after revelations of involvement of a network in nuclear proliferation in 2003.

The government has denied its involvement in proliferation, maintaining some individuals were found involved in the practice on personal grudge.

Islamabad is a member of the IAEA, but due to tensions with neighboring nuclear-armed India, it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

::IRNA No.025 09/04/2005 14:41 --End

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