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China supply nuclear reactor to Pak, refute NPT consensus

Observation comes from Arms Control Association, authorities on nuclear weapons and disarmament

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Aug 1 2016 1:33PM | Updated Date: Aug 1 2016 1:35PM

China supply nuclear reactor to Pak, refute NPT consensus

On one side China continues to hail the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) yet itself has violated the consensus arrived at the 2010. The country contradicts the NPT review conference by supplying nuclear reactors to Pakistan.

 

This observation came from Arms Control Association, authorities on nuclear weapons and disarmament. According to their latest report, China supplied nuclear reactors to Pakistan, a country which is not under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguard.

 

This is to mention that China has blocked India's membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) saying that participation of a non-NPT signatory in the group will weaken the international non-proliferation regime.

 

The report says that the China's 2013 deal for the Chasma-3 reactor in Pakistan contradicts the consensus document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

 

The conference reaffirms that new supply arrangements for the transfer of nuclear materials and technology should require that the recipient accept IAEA full-scope safeguards and international legally-binding commitments not to acquire nuclear weapons. Pakistan has accepted neither.

 

India, which has not signed NPT, has singled out China for creating procedural hurdles in its NSG membership bid but has also chosen to remain engaged with Beijing over the issue, hoping that it will review its position at some stage.