US to object against China-Pak nuclear deal
Washington, Jun 15: The China-Pakistan civilian nuclear deal is set to hit a massive roadblock as the United States has decided to put forth its objections to the deal before the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
International guidelines forbidds nuclear exports to countries that have not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty or do not have international safeguards on reactors. The Sino-Pak deal is in violation of this.
A prominent American nuclear expert wrote in a newspaper article that China National Nuclear Corporation financing two new reactors at Chashma in Pakistan"s Punjab province would breach international protocol about the trade of nuclear equipment and material.
The 46-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meeting is scheduled to kick off next week in New Zealand.
A Washington Post report, published on Tuesday, Jun 15, said that the China-Pak nuke deal is expected to be brought up in the meeting.
According to State Department spokesman Gordon DuGuid, Obama administration “has reiterated to the Chinese government that the United States expects Beijing to cooperate with Pakistan in ways consistent with Chinese non-proliferation obligations".