Pakistan defends denying US nuclear request

November 29, 2010 14:50


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ISLAMABAD — Pakistan on Monday defended its decision to deny a US request to remove fuel from one of its nuclear reactors despite reported concerns that it could be diverted to make an illicit weapon.

The disagreement between the two allies first surfaced Sunday when several news organizations reported details from nearly a quarter million classified US diplomatic cables released by the online whistle-blower Wikileaks.

Pakistan has always said it is confident its nuclear security is good enough to prevent this from happening — a stance supported publicly by the US But the leaked cables reportedly reveal the US has doubts and has clashed with Pakistan over the issue.

"No one can touch Pakistan's nuclear facilities and assets," Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said in a press release.

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