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US willing to consider nuke cooperation with Pakistan, says Clinton
Rediff ^ | 23 March 2009 | Rediff

Posted on 03/23/2010 9:22:01 AM PDT by James C. Bennett

Notwithstanding India's reservations, the US said on Tuesday that it would "consider" Pakistan's request for a civil nuclear deal as it wanted to help the country meet its immediate and long-term energy needs. Ahead of the crucial bilateral strategic dialogue between the US and Pakistan on Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear that the issue of energy would be one of the subjects of discussion but refused to pre-judge the outcome of the talks.

"I am sure that's going to be raised and we are going to be considering it but I can't pre-judge or pre-empt what the outcome of our discussions will be," Clinton said when asked whether Pakistan can have a civil nuclear deal with the US similar to the one Washington has with India. "On the energy issues specifically there are more immediate steps that could be taken. We want to help Pakistan with an immediate and long term needs," Clinton told Pakistan's Express TV in an interview.

Ever since the US signed the nuclear deal with India, Pakistan has been repeatedly seeking similar cooperation. However, the previous Bush administration had refused to entertain the request arguing that the non-proliferation records of India and Pakistan were not comparable. The first indications of US' willingness to discuss civil nuclear cooperation with Pakistan came two days back from US Ambassador to Islamabad Anne Patterson who said that America's non-proliferation concerns were beginning to pass and nuclear cooperation is a scenario that can be explored.

India has voiced unhappiness over such moves and has asked the US to keep in mind Pakistan's track record of clandestine nuclear proliferation. New Delhi has underlined that the right balance has to be struck between meeting energy needs of a country and the track record of that state. India points to the clandestine proliferation network run by the father of Pakistan's nuclear programme A Q Khan which is believed to have provided nuclear technology and material to countries like North Korea and Syria.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam; khan; muslim; pakistan

1 posted on 03/23/2010 9:22:01 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: James C. Bennett

Thanks for nuttin’, Hil.


2 posted on 03/23/2010 9:25:48 AM PDT by GnuHere
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To: James C. Bennett

Just a matter of time before we sell warheads to Iran.


3 posted on 03/23/2010 9:45:05 AM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (IN A SMALL TENT WE JUST STAND CLOSER! * IT'S ISLAM, STUPID! - Islam Delenda Est! - Rumble thee forth)
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To: James C. Bennett

“...the US said on Tuesday that it would “consider” Pakistan’s request for a civil nuclear deal as it wanted to help the country meet its immediate and long-term energy needs.”

What about America’s immediate and long-term energy needs, Hil?


4 posted on 03/23/2010 10:00:49 AM PDT by Larry - Moe and Curly (Loose lips sink ships.)
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To: James C. Bennett

We never learn.


5 posted on 03/23/2010 10:20:43 AM PDT by Islaminaction
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To: Islaminaction

This is actually a pretty good thing.

We need to create a kind of balance between India and Pakistan, such that both countries need us to keep their military and economies running. The danger here is that if we help India too much, it might one day achieve the capability to be an independent great power instead of the current situation where it is a client state.


6 posted on 03/23/2010 4:24:43 PM PDT by artaxerces
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To: artaxerces

This is not good at all, India is under the threat of Islam, as is the rest of the world. They should have the upper hand. We should be letting Muslims fend for themsleves. Watch how they unite and turn us, one day we will regret helping Turkey as well.


7 posted on 03/23/2010 7:03:08 PM PDT by Islaminaction
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