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Pakistan gets IAEA approval for new N-plant


Islamabad, Nov 26, IRNA-The international atomic watchdog has approved an agreement with Pakistan for a second nuclear power plant to be built in the country with Chinese assistance, the Foreign Office said on Sunday.

The 35-member Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Thursday unanimously approved the safeguards agreement for Pakistan's Chashma Nuclear Power Plant Unit-2, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

The approval of the agreement is a success for Pakistan and a recognition of its non-proliferation commitments, it said, and added that a similar safeguards agreement was also in place for Chashma-1 in central Punjab province.

Chashma-2 is part of Pakistan's Energy Security Plan, which envisages an increase in its nuclear power generation from the current 425 megawatts to 8,800 megawatts by 2030 to meet its growing energy demands, it said.

Pakistan is one of only three Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty member states that enjoy the right of concluding such a safeguards agreement, it said.

Pakistan has already placed two research reactors and two nuclear power plants under the agency's safeguards.

Pakistan has been fulfilling its obligations in respect of these agreements and looks forward to continued cooperation with the agency within the framework of applicable safeguards agreements in the future as well, it said.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, who is in Pakistan on a four-day official, on Friday said Beijing would continue to help Pakistan with its nuclear power industry, but did not announce any new deal with long-term ally Islamabad.

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