Nuke cooperation with India will continue: Blake

The US has said that its civil nuclear cooperation with India will go ahead despite radiation crisis in Japan.

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2011, 17:42 PM IST

Beijing: The US has said that its civil
nuclear cooperation with India will go ahead despite radiation
crisis in Japan.

"....We remain very much committed to pursuing civil
nuclear cooperation with India. I think it`s too early to try
to make any judgments about what kind of impact the disaster
in Japan is going to have on the civil nuclear industry
worldwide," Robert Blake, US Assistant Secretary for South and
Central Asian Affairs, told media after talks with Chinese
leaders here.

But he cautioned that the impact of the nuclear
disaster would have to be studies and looked at.

To a question whether US would reconsider its decision
to have civil nuclear energy cooperation with India in the
aftermath of Japanese crisis, he replied with an emphatic
"no".

Speaking about China`s assistance to build new
nuclear plants in Pakistan, Blake said they are "inconsistent"
with its commitment to Nuclear Suppliers Group.

"We expect China to abide by the commitments that it
made when it joined the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2004, and
in particular we think the construction of new nuclear
reactors such as the Chashma 3 and 4 would be inconsistent
with those commitments. That remains our longstanding
position," he said answering a question.

US and other NSG countries say that China which
assisted Pakistan in building Chashma one and two reactors has
not notified its plans to build additional reactors when it
joined NSG in 2004, which according to rules of the apex
nuclear grouping was a mandatory requirement.

Besides two additional reactors, China last year also
announced plans to build mega one gigawatt nuclear reactor for
Pakistan.

PTI