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'Big Brother' keeping an eye on Pak nukes

Keen to ensure Pak's non-involvement in any kind of proliferating activity, US is said to be applying the required pressure.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2004 13:48 IST

Keen to ensure that Pakistan's non-involvement in any kind of proliferating activity, 'Big Brother' US is said to be applying the required pressure on Islamabad to ensure that its nuclear technologies remains firmly under the control of the National Command Authority.

"We've had an ongoing dialogue with Pakistan, underscoring the importance of safeguarding Pakistan's nuclear technologies, making sure they remain under the control of their National Command Authority," the U.S. State Department spokesman, Richard Boucher, was quoted by the Daily Times, as saying.

Welcoming the Musharraf regime's moves to keep the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) informed about its investigations into the nuclear leaks to North Korea, Iran and Libya, Boucher further went on to say that, "We look forward to hearing from the Pakistani government about the facts they have developed during the course of their investigation. That's important to the international community, to be able to track down this network and see where it leads and make sure we can follow up and root out the network wherever it exists."

On whether Pakistan faced the possibility of sanctions being imposed on it for the leaks, he said, "I would not speculate on that at this point. I think first we need to see what happened and what actions the Pakistani government took."

He also rejected allegations that Pakistan had broken any commitments. "We think the investigation that is going on now indicates how seriously they take that commitment, and how the Pakistani government is trying to ensure that it is not engaged in any proliferating activity and ensure that nobody in Pakistan is doing that."

First Published: Feb 20, 2004 13:48 IST