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Pakistan signs accord with IAEA

The Foreign Ministry said Pakistan has already placed two research reactors and two other nuclear power plants under IAEA's safeguards.

india Updated: Nov 25, 2006 18:01 IST

Pakistan has signed an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency for safeguards at a new nuclear power plant currently being built.

The 35-member IAEA Board of Governors approved measures for Pakistan's Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2, or CHASNUPP-2, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Pakistan began building the 350-megawatt CHASNUPP-2 power plant in April 2005 with assistance from China.

The power station, about 200 kilometres southwest of the capital Islamabad, is set for completion in 2011.

The unit under construction is located near another nuclear power plant that was also built with Chinese help and began generating power in 2000.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, currently on a visit to Pakistan, said on Friday that China would continue civilian nuclear cooperation with Pakistan in the future.

The Foreign Ministry said that Pakistan has already placed two research reactors and two other nuclear power plants under IAEA's safeguards.

"Pakistan has been fulfilling its obligations in respect of these agreements and looks forward to continued cooperation with the agency within the framework of the applicable safeguards agreements in future as well," the statement said.