Pak must address proliferation concerns before N-deal: Clinton

The US on Monday said a civil nuclear deal cannot be finalised with Pakistan till it addresses the world community’s concerns about proliferation and explains its opposition to the proposed Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty.

Updated: Jul 19, 2010, 23:49 PM IST

Islamabad: The US on Monday said a civil
nuclear deal cannot be finalised with Pakistan till it
addresses the world community’s concerns about proliferation
and explains its opposition to the proposed Fissile Material
Cut-off Treaty.

Addressing members of civil society during a town hall
meeting in Islamabad, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
said there is a need for Pakistan to remove the world
community’s concerns over its nuclear programme.

"The problem with Mr A Q Khan raises red flags for
people around the world, not just in the US, because we can
trace the export of nuclear information and material from
Pakistan through all kinds of channels to many different
countries," she said.

Clinton was referring to the disgraced Pakistani
scientist who was behind a clandestine network that
proliferated nuclear secrets to countries like North Korea and
Libya.

She pointed out that Pakistan is the "only country
standing in the way of the Conference on Disarmament of the
world pursuing the Fissile Material Cut Off Treaty".

She added: "So people say why would Pakistan be the
only country not agreeing?"

The FMCT is a proposed international treaty to
prohibit the further production of fissile material for
nuclear weapons. Last year, Pakistan blocked the Conference on
Disarmament from implementing its agreed programme of work
despite severe pressure from the major nuclear powers.

Clinton said anyone dealing with Pakistan with the
"hope of reaching an agreement that could support civil
nuclear power has to answer these questions".

Questions raised by people across the world and the
International Atomic Energy Agency "must be answered" by
Pakistan, the top US diplomat said.

During a separate interaction with a panel of
television anchors, Clinton said the US administration will
work with the Pakistan government on civil nuclear energy but
the process will take time.

"It took years to do it with India but we are
committed to pursuing it and trying to overcome the obstacles
that might stand in the way...," she said.

PTI