Beijing: China has underlined that that
its cooperation with Pakistan in civil nuclear energy is
strictly peaceful in nature and in line with safeguards by the
international atomic watchdog.
"The cooperation is subject to safeguards and the
supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
It is in compliance with respective international obligations
of the two countries," Jiang Yu, a spokeswoman for China`s
Foreign Ministry said.
Jiang, who was quoted by the globaltimes online as
saying, was responding to a statement made yesterday by US
Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, who said Washington
was carefully reviewing Beijing`s plans to help Pakistan build
two civilian nuclear reactors.
Discussions were underway and have not "reached a
final conclusion," Steinberg said in response to a question at
a forum at the Brookings Institution, a think tank.
"We`ll want to continue to engage on the question,
about whether this is permitted under the understandings of
Beijing in 2004 entered the Nuclear Suppliers Group, a
cartel of nuclear energy states that forbids exports to
nations lacking strict safeguards by the IAEA.
Pakistan, like India, which signed a landmark nuclear
agreement with the US in 2008, has not signed the nuclear Non-