Nuclear talks but no deal:White house officials

WASHINGTON: The White House has said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama are not going to sign a nuclear deal next week but they will discuss the nuclear issue in their meeting. The prime minister arrives in the US capital on Oct 20 for a White House meeting with President Obama on Oct 22. Reports in US media have claimed that during the visit the United States may offer a deal to Sharif that may pave the way for Pakistan’s acceptance in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), as a similar deal did for India. “A deal like the one that’s been discussed publicly is not something that’s likely to come to fruition next week,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest when asked to comment on these speculations. “But the United States and Pakistan are regularly engaged in a dialogue about the importance of nuclear security. And I would anticipate that dialogue would include conversations between the leaders of our two countries,” he added.

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