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US says no to nuclear power plant to Pakistan

Last Updated: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 00:18

Washington: The US has categorically told Pakistan that it would not get any atomic power plant or civilian nuclear deal on the lines of the one signed with India.
"The United States is working closely with Pakistan to help meet its growing needs. Nuclear power is not currently part of our discussions," a senior administration official said.

Leaders of Pakistan, who have been pitching hard for a nuclear power plant, have been told about in recently.

The senior administration official, preferring anonymity, said the US has also told Pakistan that there is no way that they can get a civilian nuclear deal similar to the one the Obama administration has signed with India.

The Indo-US civilian nuclear deal is specific to India only and there is no thinking going on in the administration to create a template for it, the official said.

Moreover, given the past experiences that the US had with Pakistan on nuclear proliferation issue and the episode of disgraced Pakistani scientist AQ Khan accused of transferring sensitive technologies abroad, the official said both the top American lawmakers and those in the US government have serious concerns about the safety of Pakistani nuclear weapons.

Under these circumstances, it is quite difficult to consider "that (nuclear power)" option for Pakistan, the officials pointed out.


First Published: Sunday, February 28, 2010 - 00:18

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