Pakistan Denies Alleged Nuke Supply to N. Korea

Write : 2016-06-24 18:43:39 Update : 2016-06-24 18:58:54

Pakistan Denies Alleged Nuke Supply to N. Korea

The Pakistani government has strongly denied a media report saying that Islamabad was supplying nuclear materials to North Korea in violation of UN sanctions.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Mohammad Nafees Zakaria told a South Korean news agency on Friday in an email that the report is completely groundless.

He said there are clearly intentions behind the report released by an Indian news agency as India and Pakistan are both seeking to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, an international body that controls exports of nuclear fuel and technologies.

The spokesman also remarked on a report by a panel of experts on the UN North Korea sanctions committee that a North Korean diplomat based in Iran visited Pakistan several times between December 2012 and October 2015. 

The spokesman said that even the UN panel failed to confirm whether the diplomat was the president of the North's Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, which is an enterprise sanctioned by the United Nations. He denied the report that linked the diplomat's visit to nuclear cooperation between his country and Pyongyang.

Citing unnamed U.S. sources, India's Asian News International(ANI) news agency said Thursday that the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission was violating UN sanctions and supplying nickel alloy to Pyongyang, which can be used in its nuclear development program.

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