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Govt concerned over China-Pak nuke deal: Swaraj

India on Wednesday expressed concern over a nuclear deal between China and Pakistan, which it had taken up with Beijing but asserted that it is "well prepared" to safeguard national interests.



New Delhi: India on Wednesday expressed concern over a nuclear deal between China and Pakistan, which it had taken up with Beijing but asserted that it is "well prepared" to safeguard national interests.

"India is well prepared (to deal with threats). We are fully alert. We will not allow any harm to (happen to) India," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in the Lok Sabha during the question hour.

She asserted that the government remains committed to taking all necessary steps to safeguard India's national security interests.

Her remarks came while replying to queries regarding steps taken by the government to safeguard the country's interests against the backdrop of Pakistan entering into a nuclear deal with China.

"Government remains concerned about the impact of the deal on global non-proliferation norms. Government believes that countries should abide by the commitments that they have undertaken in the field of nuclear non-proliferation," she said.

Swaraj said the government is aware of the agreement to supply two additional nuclear power reactors, Chashma-3 and Chashma-4 by China to Pakistan. These reactors are under construction, in addition to Chashma-1 and 2, which are already in operation.

"Government is further aware of reports of an agreement for supply of additional reactors of Chinese origin to be built at Chashma, Karachi and a third site in Pakistan," she said. India keeps raising the issue with China, she noted.

"Government has raised this issue in bilateral discussions with China. China maintains that its nuclear supplies to Pakistan are in accordance with its international obligations and are only for peaceful purposes," she said.

Being a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), China has the responsibility to ensure that necessary safeguards are in place before exporting nuclear technology, Swaraj noted.

To another query related to the China-Pakistan nuclear deal, she said the situation has not reached the level where it needs to be raised in the United Nations.

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