| GEO Pakistan|
| Pak-China civilian nuclear program doesn’t require NSG’s approval|
| Updated at: 0523 PST, Monday, October 20, 2008|
ISLAMABAD: Pak-China civilian nuclear cooperation programme would not require any approval from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
According to sources, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had approved the civil nuclear cooperation programme between Pakistan with China in the days when India was member of the governing board of the IAEA.
India was among the countries that voted for Pakistan and the programme was approved for the complete scope of the IAEA. Pakistan and China had notified the agency about the whole programme including its expanded dimensions as Chashma-I and Chashma-II nuclear rectors had the scope of expansion further with similar capacity’s units.
Sources in the foreign Office told that Pakistan’s civilian nuclear programme is fully protected under the IAEA program and it would not be referred to the NSG for the endorsement as it came about well before the NSG was conceived.
The sources said that Pakistan is contemplating to take up the question of provision of civilian nuclear cooperation with the United States and France on the similar footing as these countries are having with India. The date and method for taking it up would be evolved in due course.