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Pakistan denies giving North Korea's N-secrets to Japan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, April 29, IRNA
Pakistan-North Korea
Pakistan strongly denied on Friday giving information about North Korea's nuclear program to Pyongyang's rival Tokyo.

"This has nothing to do with reality," Foreign Office Spokesman Jalil Abbas Jailani told IRNA in reaction to reports, suggesting that Pakistan passed on some information of its alleged nuclear cooperation with North Korea in a bid to get resumed Japan aid and loan facility.

The spokesman said Pakistan fully supported a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and reduction of tension in the Far East.

Quoting Japan's Islamabad-based envoy, local press reports said on Wednesday that his country would raise the matter with Pakistan during Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Pakistan visit, starting on Saturday.

The envoy had reportedly said that Premier Koizumi would be discussing the matter with Pakistani leadership and expected to get more information thereon.

Japan, Nobuaka Tanaka said, expects Islamabad to give them more information on Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan's network and Pakistan's alleged links with North Korea.

Following the visit of Japan's foreign minister to Islamabad last month to attend a regional meeting, speculation has been rife that he linked Tokyo's aid and loan resumption to information from Pakistan on nuclear cooperation with North Korea.

Japan had suspended aid and loan facility after Islamabad conducted nuclear tests in in May 1998.

The aid, when approved, will include construction of water purification project in Faisalabad and building of a barrage for which three agreements would be signed during the visit, the spokesman added.

Jilani termed Japanese premier's visit "very significant" adding that Koizumi will hold talks with President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.

"Bilateral ties, regional developments, and international issues will be discussed during the visit," he added.

Pakistan-India peace process, Afghanistan, reforms in the UN and Japan's bid for permanent membership in the UN Security Council are reportedly on the agenda of talks.

This will be Koizumi's first visit to Pakistan. His predecessor Yoshiro Mori was the last Japanese premier to visit Pakistan in 2000.

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