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Nuclear experts hold talks in Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 11, IRNA
Representatives of an international group, opposing nuclear proliferation, hold talks with Pakistani officials on Monday to discuss ways to control the spread of nuclear weapons, reports said.

A two-member delegation of the Nuclear Suppliers' Group will hold talks with Additional Secretary in the Foreign Ministry Tariq Usman Haider, Geo television reported, quoting sources in the Foreign Ministry.

The group will also meet Secretary Foreign Affairs Riaz Mohammad Khan and the two sides would discuss how to cooperate in the non-proliferation efforts.

Pakistan will inform the NSG members about its efforts for nonproliferation and laws already placed about export controls of nuclear technology, officials said.

Pakistan contacted the group in March this year to join it to cooperate in nonproliferation efforts.

The NSG is a group of 44 nuclear supplier countries which seeks to contribute to nonproliferation through the implementation of guidelines for nuclear exports, particularly for sensitive dual-use equipment that could be used for nuclear weapons.

Pakistan carried out nuclear tests in 1998 soon after India conducted nuclear tests.

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

Islamabad is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, 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.041 11/04/2005 14:48 --End

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