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Indo-US N-deal has not weakened NPT: US

The Indo-US nuclear deal has not diluted NPT as the pact comes with "transparency mechanisms", said US.



Washington: Ahead of the NPT review conference, the US on Friday said the Indo-US civil nuclear deal has not weakened the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty as the pact comes with a number of "transparency mechanisms".

Officials of more than 180 countries will gather in New York next week for the once-in-a-five year NPT Review Conference.

"We don`t believe we weakened the NPT in our peaceful civilian nuclear deal with India," Ellen Tauscher, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control, told a teleconference with reporters in Washington and New York.

"It`s a deal that comes with safeguards, and it comes with a number of other transparency mechanisms that we think, frankly, add to the security and the non-proliferation concerns that we had prior to that," she said in response to a question.

"So I think that, you know, it`s not our bad if something else happens, but certainly what we`re for and what we make very clear we`re for is that we want a strong NPT, we want a strong IAEA that is well funded, that has the authorities it needs to be the right watchdog for the time that we live in," Tauscher said.

Responding to a question on China-Pakistan deal on nuclear power plants, the US official refused to speculate but said that these things take a long time.

"I am not going to speculate on a future perhaps sale between China and Pakistan. These things take a long time. So I`m going to wait to see how that develops," Tauscher said.

The US is disappointed that Pakistan is blocking negotiations on the Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty.

"I will tell you that I think everyone shares the disappointment that the United States shares, that there is a country (Pakistan) that is blocking the program of work that was a very hard-fought agreement, among the six chairmen -- somewhat historic last year in the conference on disarmament in Geneva -- to move forward on a program of work, to begin negotiations on a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty," she said in response to a question.

"As you know, we are for that. (The US) President (Barack) Obama made very clear in his Prague speech a year ago that the United States would move toward negotiation of a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty.”

"I think we join a lot of our friends and allies trying to persuade that country to step away and let the program of work go forward, because it would be a long negotiation. And certainly that is a good opportunity for them, to make their opinions known and their concerns known," Tauscher said.

PTI

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