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Pak-China nuclear deal 'peaceful' under IAEA safeguards: FO

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 1, IRNA -- Pakistan once again said its nuclear deal with China is purely for peaceful purposes and under safeguards of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and world should not be worried about the peaceful nuclear deal.

Commenting on the statement of India Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said Pak-China peaceful nuclear deal is not new and it has been already underway for producing electricity.

He said the deal is under the safeguards and the standards of the IAEA and even China has already issued clarification in this regard, therefore, there is no need to seek any fresh clarification from China on this deal.

The spokesman said Pakistan has been cooperating with the international agencies in this regard and even China has also ensured the world community that Pak-China nuclear cooperation is for peaceful purpose and there is nothing wrong in this deal.

Pakistan has urged the international community to realise its growing needs of energy and its present shortfall, therefore Pakistan has been using all peaceful means to increase its power generation and nuclear is one of the options in it.

The spokesman said Pakistan and even China has time and again clarified their position on civil nuclear deal therefore raising questions on this issues is without any justification. Pakistan said the world should not adopt double standard on the issue of peaceful nuclear deal and should not target it without any justification.

Indian leadership and its press raised many questions on Sino-Pakistan civil nuclear deal and asked the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in its plenary meeting to take notice of it but the NSG did not take any action on this deal in its recent meeting held in New Zealand.

Although the NSG, predominated by western countries have already given waiver to India that is also discriminatory and will only benefit India.

Pakistan's nuclear programme, even if it is for peaceful purpose, the international community is not accepting it as this achievement is by a Muslim country and some countries are united against having this facility by any Muslim country.

China is Pakistan's most trustworthy friend and is the only country that has been helping Pakistan in producing energy through peaceful nuclear technology.


End News / IRNA / News Code 1205726

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