US rules out India-like nuke deal with Pak

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Washington, Mar 1: The United States has ruled out any India-like civil nuclear cooperation deal with Pakistan, dashing Islamabad's hopes of getting an atomic power plant.

A senior Obama administration official revealed that while Washington is working closely with Pakistan to help meet its growing energy needs, nuclear power is not part of the discussions.

"But nuclear power is not currently part of our discussions, and the United States had conveyed its decision to Pakistan," The Dawn quoted the official, as telling Indian journalists.

He added that the administration had also told Pakistan that "there is no way they can get a civilian nuclear deal similar to the one the Obama administration has signed with India".

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


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