India Reacts Sharply to US-Pakistan’s Nuke Deal Reports
India today reacted very sharply to reports of the US mulling a nuclear deal with Pakistan on the lines of Indo-US pact, saying anyone considering a nuke pact should first see Islamabad’s proliferation track record.
- That is the reason US gave us 123 agreement in 2005 and that is why we got a NSG waiver in 2008. Pakistan’s track record is completely different so we hope that will be taken into account in making any such decision.
— Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup
Swarup said this in an apparent reference to Pakistan scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan leaking the nuke technology to countries like North Korea.
Khan was one of Pakistan’s top scientists and was involved in various scientific programs there until his dismissal in January 2004 by Pakistan government on the evidence provided by the US about his involvement in leaking bomb-making designs and equipment to at least three countries -- Iran, North Korea and Libya.