US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday said the world community has reservations about a Pakistan-China deal for the supply of nuclear reactors and wants Islamabad to respond to these concerns.
Clinton made the remarks while responding to a question about concerns on the Pakistan-China nuclear deal during a joint news conference with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Foreign Office here.
She said the US is constantly talking to Pakistan about its burgeoning energy needs.
She indicated that there were a series of questionsabout the nuclear arrangement with China that need to be addressed by Pakistan.
Qureshi said nuclear energy is a component of Pakistan’s programme to overcome a crippling energy crisis and that the country would satisfy the international community’s concerns on the deal with China.
Pakistan’s “policy on non-proliferation is very clear” and the world community endorsed the country’s atomic programme as “safe and responsible” during the recent nuclear summit hosted by the US,he contended.
“There should be no fear on that account and these projects that we intend to undertake will be open to IAEA inspection,” Qureshi said.
Pakistan has 35 years’ experience of generating nuclear energy and no untoward incident has occurred because of precautions and systems that are in place,he said.
Pakistan has inked a deal with China for the supply of two new reactors for its Chashma nuclear power complex.
Experts have said the deal violates the guidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Since the Washington concluded a landmark nuclear deal with New Delhi,Pakistan has been urging the US to grant it a similar arrangement so that it can access nuclear technology and know-how.
Clinton announced new aid projects worth over USD 500 million which the US hopes will help overcome anti-American opinion in Pakistan,a key ally in the war against terrorism and the military campaign in Afghanistan.
“There is a legacy of suspicion that we inherited. It is not going to be eliminated overnight. Our goal is to slowly but surely demonstrate that the US is concerned about Pakistan in the long term,” Clinton said at the joint news conference with Qureshi.
“Our partnership goes beyond security against our common enemies,” she added.