After Obama-Sharif meet, US categorically rules out nuclear deal with Pakistan

US President Barack Obama and Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, however, did discuss on Pakistan's nuclear safety and security which is an ongoing discussion.

By: PTI | Washington | Updated: October 23, 2015 9:58 am
Pakistan, Pakistan nuclear deal, Pakistan Nuclear deal with US, Nawaz Sharif, Nawaz Sharif Obama, Sharif Obama, Barack Obama, Nawaz Sharif Nuclear deal, Pakistan nukes, Pakistan nuke deal, pakistan news, world news US President Barack Obama meets with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (AP Photo)

The US has “categorically ruled out” any kind of negotiations with Pakistan on India-type civil nuclear deal, terming the reports in American media “completely false”.

“Let me state categorically, we have not entered into negotiations on 123 Agreement with Pakistan nor are we seeking an exception for Pakistan within the nuclear supplier group in order to facilitate civil nuclear exports,” a senior Administration official said after US President Barack Obama met Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif here on Thursday.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, was responding to questions on reports appearing in the American media that US was considering a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan.

“There is no such thing as a nuclear deal which has been reported in the media is some short of a civilian nuclear package alleged to be something like that the US concluded with India 10 years ago.

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“Let me just assure you categorically that the press allegations of a 123 agreement with Pakistan are completely false,” the official added.

Pakistan has made it clear its interest in civilian nuclear cooperation and it is called socio-economic imperative because of energy shortfalls, the official noted.

Leaders of the two countries, however, did discuss on Pakistan’s nuclear safety and security which is an ongoing discussion.

The 123 Agreement signed between the US and India is known as Indo-US nuclear deal. The framework for this agreement was done in 2005.

“We have a long standing dialogue with Pakistan about its nuclear program, and various developments in this program. We are particularly concerned and have expressed these concerns to Pakistan that there is requirement of all countries possessing nuclear weapon to ensure the safety, security of these weapons and do everything it can to promote strategic stability. So we will continue to engage in dialogues like this with Pakistan,” the official said.

It is the understanding of the US that Pakistan is very well aware of the full range of potential threat to nuclear arsenal including from terrorist groups that operate on its soil. Other Pakistani military facilities have been attacked.

“So they are very well aware of the terrorist threats including to all aspects of their military installations and its our understanding that they have a dedicated security apparatus that understands the importance of nuclear security,” the official said.

In a readout of the Obama-Sharif meeting, the White House said the President stressed the importance of avoiding any developments that might invite increased risk to nuclear safety, security, or strategic stability.

“The leaders pledged to continue their strong cooperation on nuclear security, including at the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit,” the readout said.

According to a joint statement, Obama and Sharif discussed the continuing threat of nuclear terrorism. Obama welcomed Pakistan’s constructive engagement with the Nuclear Security Summit process and its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and other international forums, it said.

The leaders noted Pakistan’s efforts to improve its strategic trade controls and enhance its engagement with multilateral export control regimes, the joint statement said.

“Recognising the importance of bilateral engagement in the Security, Strategic Stability and Non-Proliferation Working Group, the two leaders noted that both sides will continue to stay engaged to further build on the ongoing discussions in the working group,” the statement added.

“More generally, the US urges all Nuclear Weapons states including Pakistan to exercise restraint in nuclear weapon and missile and capabilities.”

“In particular, we have discussed measures to strengthen safety and security for Pakistan and continue to hold regular discussions on Pakistan on these issues,” the senior administration official added.

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  1. D
    Desy girl
    Oct 23, 2015 at 1:42 pm
    THE largest and emerging power that U.S. has.
    1. M
      Oct 23, 2015 at 9:33 am
      World is ready for wedding? and nuclear show of stan. A hypocrite US will definitely get a taste of it soon after a deal with Iran. It is a match between Islam VS non Islam where stan is willing to lead the players.
      1. I
        Oct 24, 2015 at 1:46 am
        Look at PM's body language, this Jihadi is very uncomfortable infront of US Pres. Obama must be thinking what a terrible waste of time meeting this monkey
        1. kris kumar
          Oct 23, 2015 at 11:39 am
          stan Nuke possession is the biggest threat not only to India but to its neighbours as well. Pak hard headed general and their relationship with terrorists and drug mafia are always ready to use the nuke when they know they are in trouble. Pak continue to blackmail India of its nuke capabilities and will use it with out worrying about any consequences. American are hypocrite and can not be trusted when it comes to dealing with the s against India.
          1. W
            Wake Up!
            Oct 23, 2015 at 11:33 am
            Think tanks in US had already indicated, Even big Powers (US, Rus, China) are already aware that stan had become worlds 5th Nuclear Power Country, So Message is very clear. stan ISI Chief Visited Washington D.C & White House & met with high rank military personal of US and when ISI Cheif Depart from US to Pak the next visit came in place of Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to Washington D.C and now when Pak PM Nawaz Sharif visit will over then You know Who ? is next to visit Washington D.C. Yes the Main Man of stan Cheif of Army Staff - Gen Raheel Sharif. So i think message is very Loud and clear for India, US worry is only to keep Nuclear Weapons in safe Zone which stan's Government & Army had Taken USA in confidence during the recent visits of stan Persons
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