No compromise on nuclear assets, says PM

London: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan developed its nuclear programme under the country’s requirement and this position cannot be compromised.

Talking to reporters on Monday during his stopover in London on his way to a four-day official visit to the United States, the premier said the nuclear technology was meant to maintain deterrence against external aggression.

His statements come amid speculations surrounding the purpose of his US visit, with some observers pointing out the likelihood of negotiations for an Iran-like nuclear deal for Pakistan.

Premier Nawaz, however, reiterated words from his pre-departure statement, in which he had described Pakistan’s “strategic assets” being secured under a foolproof arrangement.

Asked whether the government could compromise on its nuclear assets under foreign pressure, he replied: “Who was the prime minister in 1998 when Pakistan carried out nuclear tests?” He was referring to his own decision of going ahead with nuclear tests despite severe international pressure.

He hoped his visit to the US would provide an opportunity to further upgrade Pak-US relations to a long-term enduring partnership for the benefit of the people of both countries and for promotion of peace and stability in the region.

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