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Pak-China nuclear cooperation under IAEA rules, says FO

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s civilian nuclear deal with China is in accordance with the international norms and strictly in line with the principles set out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Foreign Office said on Sunday.

Talking to reporters, FO spokesman Abdul Basit said the Pak-China cooperation in the civilian nuclear technology sector was not a sudden development, as both countries had been running the programme successfully for the last many years and any demand of clarification in this regard was unjustified.

To a question about the Indian prime minister’s statement that Pakistan would have to clarify the position regarding the Pak-China nuclear cooperation, he said the cooperation was totally in accordance with our respective international responsibilities.

“The programme is purely for peaceful objectives and is according to the safeguards of IAEA,” Basit added.

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