Pakistan says fears India could divert nuclear fuel

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Pakistan says fears India could divert nuclear fuel

Pakistan said it feared India could make 100 nuclear warheads a year by diverting fissile material transferred from the US and other powers.

Zamir Akram, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said civilian nuclear agreements were providing its rival, whose arsenals are larger, with “the transfer of unlimited amounts of fissile material”.

Safeguards arrangements contained in bilateral agreements, aimed at preventing diversion of highly enriched uranium and plutonium stocks to weapons production, were “not foolproof”, he told the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament.
“There is every danger that imported fissile material designated for civilian use will be secretly diverted for weapons-making purposes as was done in the past. In such a situation, the annual production of weapons can be as much as 100 nuclear warheads,” Akram said in a speech.
India’s disarmament ambassador Hamid Ali Rao dismissed Akram’s remarks as “gratuitous and unfounded”.
“We urge the Pakistani delegation to avoid bringing up extraneous issues designed to create obstacles in the path of the conference on disarmament getting down to serious and substantive work,” Rao said in a speech.
India’s “impeccable non-proliferation record” was widely recognised, he said.
Pakistan has blocked the start of negotiations at the 65-member conference on banning production of fissile material, arguing that would put it at a permanent disadvantage to India, with which it has fought three wars since independence in 1947.
India and the United States signed a civilian nuclear deal in 2008, ending India’s nuclear isolation since it tested a nuclear device in 1974. Last week Britain signed an agreement on nuclear energy cooperation with India.
On Feb. 25, Indian and Pakistani diplomats are to hold their first official talks since the attack on Mumbai by Pakistan-based Islamist militants in 2008 that killed 166 people.
The United States has urged the two countries to work together to help stabilise Afghanistan, where it is deploying tens of thousands more troops into battle against militants.
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No you idiot. We cut the deal with the US so that it frees up our own fissile material for weapons use. We have no intention to divert international fuel. And we know you are pretty jealous about that. But then we are powerful and have the ability to make such deals while you can only make deals with terrorists
 

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cry baby syndrome is a long and old ailment of the pakistani policy makers and journos alike its not strange that they have come up with yet another twisted logic
where is the self confidence and chest thumping of the so called jingos across the border regarding their nuclear arsenal and missile technology
articles like these highlight the failed pakistani-chinese joint efforts to stall the deal,
no country plays by the rulebook there are no rules and thats how india must approach it and make these fabrications into reality
 

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Zamir Akram, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations, is right when he says that India could divert nuclear fuel based on the past experience of the world wrt to indian civil nuclear program.India conducted its first nuke test in 1974 from thr uranium obtained from CANDU reactor in tarapore.thats the one of the reasons india was sanctioned and tarapore didnt get fuel from canada after that test.untill now.
 

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Safeguards arrangements contained in bilateral agreements, aimed at preventing diversion of highly enriched uranium and plutonium stocks to weapons production, were “not foolproof”,
It will be foolproof only when pakistani inspectors are included in the inspection team:)
 

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I think India has enough weapon grade material already for several hundred weapons.

We are not using all of it as we have made only the numbers that we need. Pakistan is just trying to attract attention for something other than being a terrorist state.
 

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Actually these fears should have been raised by india because now pakistan is negotiating same deal like us there will be sure reason to fear that pakistan may divert nuke material to other countries keeping its past records in mind.so that pakistan can not be trusted with any civil nuke deal.
 

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There is no diversion effort from india neither does it need one. The world knows about pakistan and it would be foolhardy to give them a nuke deal.

Pakistan wanting a nuke deal is nothing but a copy cat move since india has one. And no there won't be any charity forth coming when it comes to nuke power plants. Where does pakistan propose to get that kind of money? India has plans of spending about 150 billion or so. All its own money. Not beg or borrow.
 

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Pakistan: India's nuke and strategic weapons program poses a clear and present danger

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/before-talks-pak-raises-nbogey-india-can-make-100-nukes-a-year/582157/

Barely a week before the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks here, Pakistan has, surprisingly, upped the ante against India in the Conference of Disarmament (CD) at Geneva with its representative saying that New Delhi’s nuclear and strategic weapons programme posed a “clear and present danger” to Islamabad. And making a bizarre claim that after the nuclear deal, India could now make up to 100 nuclear warheads a year.

India intervened to make the point that Pakistan should not raise bilateral issues in a multilateral forum but the Pakistani representative had already delivered a setback to the CD with an eight-page statement on its perceived threat from India.

Citing this as the prime reason for being unable to give a go-ahead to discussions on a Fissile Materials Cut-off Treaty, Pakistani representative Zamir Akram said Islamabad needed a clear assurance that FMCT would not just mean freezing future production of fissile material for weapons but would also cater to reduction of existing stockpiles.

He strongly came out against the Indo-US nuclear deal and the civil nuclear cooperation agreements between India and other countries. According to Akram, this freed up India’s domestic fissile material to advance its nuclear weapon capabilities.

“The carte blanche that has been offered to our neighbour along with the commitments to build up its strategic and conventional capabilities has encouraged its hegemonic ambitions which are aimed at charting a course of dangerous adventurism whose consequences can be both unintended and uncontrollable. This includes their advocacy of fighting a limited war under a nuclear overhang or environment which has been termed as the Cold Start doctrine,” said Akram on Thursday in a statement before the CD.

He also brought up Indian plans to be prepared for war on two fronts. “This confronts Pakistan with a clear and present danger. Therefore, the National Command Authority (NCA) of Pakistan, the highest decision making body on strategic issues...on January 13, 2010, concluded that Pakistan cannot be oblivious to these developments in our neighbourhood,” he added.

Underlining that Pakistan’s NCA decided not to support any approach or measure that would be “prejudicial to its legitimate national security interest”, Akram spelled out four specific concerns:

* Transfer of “unlimited amounts of fissile material to our neighbouring country will enable it to build up its strategic reserves” and that will allow it to “divert own indigenous stocks” of fissile material to making nuclear weapons. Pakistan estimates that India can produce “fifty to sixty nuclear weapons a year” this way.

* Claiming that the safeguards arrangements with India were “not foolproof”, Akram said there was a danger of material being “secretly diverted” and in such a situation the annual production will go up to “a hundred weapons per year”.

* Such a situation in the future, according to Pakistan, would “increase existing asymmetry in fissile material stockpiles” and will be “accentuating Pakistan’s security concerns for maintaining a credible deterrence capability”.

* The FMCT being currently proposed, Pakistan said, was only a non-proliferation move as it banned future production and not a disarmament move aimed at reducing stockpiles. “Accordingly, such a treaty would be selective, discriminatory and derogate from the objectives of nuclear disarmament. For these reasons, it is unacceptable to Pakistan.”

Pakistan didn’t spare the Barack Obama Administration. Akram observed that Pakistan had hoped for a change of heart in Washington after the leadership changed but the “optimism was shortlived”. He pointed out to India’s recent efforts at building ICBMs and submarine launched missiles, and added: “More ominously, by June 2009, it became clear that the deal was part of a larger strategic design.”

Coming down hard on Russia, France and US for signing nuclear cooperation agreements with India, Pakistan said most of the “vociferous champions of non-proliferation” had also “jumped most enthusiastically on this gravy train”.


In the broad sweep that Akram made, he took on the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers group. Pointing out that this group was set up as a consequence of India’s first nuclear test in 1974, he termed as “ironic” that the group had “decided unanimously to reward the perpetrator of such proliferation”.
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Pakistan want to have parity with India in everything but it is not possible. We are 6 times bigger then them in size and 10 time economy hence they should stop trying to compete with us on military. We will be more powerful then them is a reality now, a lot of our investment now will begin to speak in years to come, 3 to 4 years down the line conventionally we can be much stronger then them.
Now from Pakistan's perspective ever since 1971 they always feel that India can attack them, even though we Indian's feel we are soft state and does not have aggressive design.
Unfortunately Pakistan has missed the bus, after 1971 PA had a grudge against India and they wanted to teach us a lesson by supporting terrorism, what they did not realize that when you have bring goons to home they spoil the atmosphere as well. While we progressed economically they went back in time. If Pakistan have the same passion for economy that they have for military then they can in future be a strong nation, they have all that is needed to become one.

About Nuclear deal, only inane person can ask for similar deal for Pakistan, their reputation is so bad that it impossible for next 10 years, unless they change their ways and improve their image.
India definitely has woken up after 26/11 in that sense it a turning point for India, after 26/11 it was felt that war is a possibility with Pakistan and hence we started working on fixing our armed forces, few rhetoric coming from China also helped bringing that urgency.

I still see that for another few years we will struggle since, our missiles are yet not that mature, our tanks not ready, Air force size is depleting etc etc.
 
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http://www.indianexpress.com/news/B...bogey--India-can-make-100-nukes-a-year/582157

Before talks, Pak raises n-bogey: India can make 100 nukes a year



Barely a week before the Indo-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks here, Pakistan has, surprisingly, upped the ante against India in the Conference of Disarmament (CD) at Geneva with its representative saying that New Delhi’s nuclear and strategic weapons programme posed a “clear and present danger” to Islamabad. And making a bizarre claim that after the nuclear deal, India could now make up to 100 nuclear warheads a year.



India intervened to make the point that Pakistan should not raise bilateral issues in a multilateral forum but the Pakistani representative had already delivered a setback to the CD with an eight-page statement on its perceived threat from India.



Citing this as the prime reason for being unable to give a go-ahead to discussions on a Fissile Materials Cut-off Treaty, Pakistani representative Zamir Akram said Islamabad needed a clear assurance that FMCT would not just mean freezing future production of fissile material for weapons but would also cater to reduction of existing stockpiles.
 

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And Pakistan can make 100 suicide bomber in less then a year, that IMO is bigger concern since nukes you never know will ever be used.
 

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Inferiority at its best :D. Some days back Zardari said that they need nuclear deal on lines which US has it india. They are in mud and they are trying their best to pull India into mud at their best.

Do we really need nuclear weapons for them? Convectional warfare will enough for them.
 

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Seriously, enough of this stupid comparison with India! We share nothing with them.

Let them benchmark against Afghanistan and other Islamic countries to the West.
 

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Why is Pak raising it now? Will India be forced to sign some deal about nukes?
 

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India is signing all these nuclear deals , does it means that we cant produce nuclear missiles from our own fissile materials since US would be monitoring us , and if India does carry out nuclear tests with our own fuel , will it affect our nuclear deal since India is a non-NPT nation.
 

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