Pakistan nuclear expansion raises US concerns

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By Carol Giacomo and Andrea Shalal-Esa

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Pakistan is building a new nuclear reactor that could produce enough plutonium for 40 to 50 nuclear weapons a year in what would be a major expansion of its nuclear program and could prompt an intensified arms race in South Asia, a report said Monday.

But U.S. officials and congressional aides, who confirmed the Pakistani plan, said it was unlikely to derail a nuclear cooperation accord with India or the sale of U.S.-made F-16 jets to Islamabad.

News of the planned new Pakistani facility was confirmed as the U.S. Congress faced targets for action this week on both an Indian cooperation accord and the F-16s deal.


"We have been aware of these plans, and we discourage any use of that facility for military purposes such as weapons development," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.

He said the administration "discourage(s) expansion and modernization of nuclear weapons programs, both of India and Pakistan," nuclear rivals who refused to sign the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.

While U.S. officials knew about the reactor project, congressional aides said Congress was largely unaware until a report in the Washington Post on Monday citing an analysis of satellite photos and other data by the Washington-based Institute for Science and International Security.
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PartTimePongo said:
"We have been aware of these plans, and we discourage any use of that facility for military purposes such as weapons development," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.

He said the administration "discourage(s) expansion and modernization of nuclear weapons programs, both of India and Pakistan," nuclear rivals who refused to sign the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
Or what Tony Snow wanted to say was:

'Build a new nuclear reactor with Chinese, help? Not if you want those F16s'

The Bushites are becoming rather worried about the developing Chinese and Pakistani relationship, add into that concerns about WOT and the ultimate fear of a Chinese-Islamic axis. (How very Huntingdon)
 
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After our US cousins performanc over Irans potential for developing a nuc be intresting to see just what they do about this exspansion of Islamic Bomb production facilities.
john
 

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