Sino-Pak nuke coop for peaceful purpose: Govt
China has assured India that its nuclear cooperation with Pakistan is for peaceful purposes, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday said in the Rajya Sabha.
New Delhi: China has assured India that its
nuclear cooperation with Pakistan is for peaceful purposes,
External Affairs Minister S M Krishna on Thursday said in the Rajya
He said during Question Hour that India is keeping a close
watch on nuclear cooperation between China and Pakistan and
has taken up the issue with Beijing.
"China has assured us that its nuclear cooperation with
Pakistan is for peaceful purposes," he said.
Krishna was responding to BJP member Ram Jethmalani`s
concern over supply of two nuclear reactors by China to
"We do realise the seriousness of this development.
Pakistan`s acquisition of nuclear reactors is of serious
concern to us and we are keeping a close watch on this," he
To a query by Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP) about nuclear
activities being undertaken by Pakistan and China, Krishna
said, "this is something where we make assessment. We know
Pakistan and China have nuclear facilities and we are also
aware of clandestine proliferation efforts of countries like
Iran and Libya.
"We also know about the activities of the A Q Khan (the
disgraced Pakistan nuclear scientist) group. We monitor these
activities and take appropriate steps to ensure that national
security is not jeopardised."
On Myanmar`s denial of media reports about its nuclear
activities, Krishna said, "If a country like Myanmar with
which India has bilateral relations, asserts a denial (about
its nuclear programmes), then India will have to believe."
At the same time, he added, "The government is trying to
gather information about such peripheral activities. We
monitor such activities closely as we are concerned about
security of the country."