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Musharraf denies asking US for nuke deal
September 13, 2005 16:31 IST
Pakistan appears to have given up efforts to persuade the United States to lift restrictions on the supply of technology and equipment for its civilian nuclear energy requirements, as has been done in the case of India.
President Pervez Musharraf, who had a meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in New York on Monday told The New York Times that he made no demand for an agreement that would match the Indo-US nuclear deal reached in July.
India and the US had signed the historic deal during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington under which the US offered to resume nuclear fuel supplies to Indian reactors and help New Delhi in its civilian nuclear energy programme.
Rejecting Pakistan's demand for parity with India in accessing civilian nuclear technology, the US had said that the landmark accord with New Delhi was a 'mechanism to deepen' further its commitment to international non-proliferation.
"We view India as an exceptional case, and see civil nuclear cooperation as a mechanism to deepen further India's commitment to international nonproliferation," Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Robert G Joseph told the House International Relations Committee on September 8.