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Pak blocks N-talks with India

Pakistan has blocked negotiations on the fissile material cutoff treaty (FMCT) at the UN conference on disarmament, claiming that a "discriminatory waiver" provided by the NSG to India will help it stockpile bomb-making atomic materials in the region.

world Updated: Jan 27, 2011 00:13 IST

Pakistan has blocked negotiations on the fissile material cutoff treaty (FMCT) at the UN conference on disarmament, claiming that a "discriminatory waiver" provided by the NSG to India will help it stockpile bomb-making atomic materials in the region.

The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) waiver, Pakistan's Ambassador Zamir Akram told the Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday, "will further accentuate the asymmetry in fissile materials stockpiles in the region, to the detriment of Pakistan's security interests.

"For the last two years, Pakistan nearly blocked any progress on the FMCT negotiations. It maintained that "selective and discriminatory action of certain states in violation of their own national and international commitments, in pursuit of profit" has tilted the nuclear balance in favour of India.

Over the last 10 years, the Conference on Disarmament (CD) is nearly paralysed as it is unable to negotiate any major nuclear arms treaty.

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