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Pak ups N-reactor work

world Updated: Oct 06, 2010 23:09 IST

Pakistan is going ahead with the construction of its third heavy nuclear reactor at the Khushab site at a much faster pace, a Washington-based think tank has said.

“Construction of the third reactor has progressed more quickly than the second reactor. This is evident when comparing the two reactors at similar points in their construction,” said Paul Brannan of the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a private US group which is critical of nuclear weapons.

From the time of initial clearing and excavation for the second reactor, it took at least six years before its cooling towers appeared complete in commercial satellite imagery.

In contrast, it took Pakistan less than fives years from when initial excavation is visible in commercial satellite imagery until the third reactor's cooling towers appear finished, he said.