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Pakistan says US-India Nuclear deal to have implications on strategic stability

Islamabad, Aug 3, IRNA - Pakistan said on Thursday that the US-India Nuclear Agreement would have implications on strategic stability as it would enable India to produce significant quantities of fissile material and nuclear weapons from un-safeguarded nuclear reactors.

"The objective of strategic stability in South Asia and the global non-proliferation regime would have been better served if the United States had considered a package approach for Pakistan and India, the two non-NPT Nuclear Weapons States," an army statement said after the statement the country's National Command Authority (NCA).

The meeting, chaired by President General Pervez Musharraf, was also attended by the Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, the Minister of Defense, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, senior scientists and other civil and military officials.

The statement said that balance approach will help in preventing a nuclear arms race in the region and promoting restraints while ensuring that the legitimate needs of both countries for civil nuclear power generation are met.

The meeting, held to review matters related to Pakistan's Nuclear Power Program, also deliberated upon the US India Nuclear Agreement and on discussions in the Conference of Disarmament on a proposed treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other explosive devices, the statement said.

The meeting reviewed Pakistan's objective and plans for civil nuclear power generation under IAEA safeguards which is part of the overall energy strategy to meet the requirements of economic growth in the country.

"This objective will be pursued on a priority basis especially in view of the increasing oil prices," it said.

The NCA reiterated Pakistan's position that the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) should evolve a criteria based approach to enable Pakistan to access civil nuclear energy under IAEA safeguards to meet its growing energy requirements.

The statement said that Pakistan had always fulfilled all its international IAEA safeguard requirements for its nuclear power reactors, and was ready to accept innovative bilateral and multilateral approaches for establishment of power plants under appropriate safeguards, including nuclear power parks.

While continuing to act with responsibility in maintaining credible minimum deterrence and avoiding an arms race, Pakistan will neither be oblivious to its security requirements, nor to the needs of its economic development which demand growth in the energy sector.

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