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US denies civil nuclear energy talks with Pakistan

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WASHINGTON: The United States has flatly denied it had discussed the possibility of civil nuclear energy cooperation with Pakistan, but said it was supportive of Islamabad’s efforts with its energy problems.

“We’d seen those rumours, but I can confirm there was no discussion of civilian nuclear technology,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters Wednesday when asked about such reports from Islamabad citing official source.

“For further discussions, I’d direct you to the Government of Pakistan and Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), which is a government agency on our side. But there was no discussion of civil nuclear technology,” he said.

Asked if the US was considering that (nuclear energy) as an option to address Pakistan’s energy situation, Ventrell repeated: “Again, I confirm – can confirm there was no discussion of it here.”

He said that US supports Pakistan and India’s agreements to deal with the energy crisis and their measures towards improvement of bilateral ties.

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