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China says Pak nuclear deal legal

world Updated: Jun 24, 2010 23:40 IST

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China on Thursday said its proposed two new nuclear reactors for Pakistan are “totally consistent” with its international obligations and safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

But it remained mum on whether it would formally inform the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting about its decision in New Zealand.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said the nuclear cooperation between the two countries was for peaceful purposes.

China’s plans to build two nuclear reactors came to light when state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation announced in April this year that it will export nuclear power reactors to Pakistan in a USD 2.375-billion agreement.