Renewing its commitment to the objective of enhancing nuclear security, Pakistan on Tuesday said it qualified to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and other export control regimes, on a non-discriminatory basis. “Over the years, Pakistan has streamlined and strengthened its export control regime and enhanced its engagement with multilateral export regimes,” said a country statement issued at the third Nuclear Security Summit held here on March 24-25.
The statement highlighted Pakistan’s over 40-year experience in safe and secure operation of nuclear power plants under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards; its engagement with the international community to promote nuclear safety and security, as well as the country’s multi-layered nuclear security regime with a well defined, robust command and control system.
The statement mentioned the experience and expertise Pakistan had gained in the areas of nuclear power generation, non-power application of nuclear technology, nuclear security and nuclear safety, under the auspices of the IAEA. It maintained that Pakistan was well placed to assist interested states.
“As a country with advanced nuclear fuel cycle capability, Pakistan is in a position to provide nuclear fuel cycle services under IAEA safeguards, and to participate in any non-discriminatory nuclear fuel cycle assurance mechanism,” the statement added. The statement in this respect sought removal of barriers to equitable access to international civil nuclear co-operation.