Illicit Uranium Sales in India Indicates Possible Existence of Black Market: FO

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has reacted strongly over news of attempted illicit Uranium sales in India.

Responding to media queries about media reports, foreign office spokesman said “we have seen the reports about yet another incident of attempted illegal sale of 6 kg of Uranium in India.”

The spokesman further said that similar incident involving 7 kg of Uranium in the Indian state of Maharashtra last month and other such reports in the past are a matter of deep concern as they point to lax controls, poor regulatory and enforcement mechanisms, as well as possible existence of a black market for nuclear materials inside India.

He said the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 and the IAEA Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) make it binding on states to ensure stringent measures to prevent nuclear material from falling into wrong hands.

The Foreign Office spokesperson said Pakistan reiterates its call for thorough investigation of such incidents and measures for strengthening the security of nuclear materials to prevent their diversion.

“It is equally important to ascertain the intent and ultimate user of the attempted Uranium sale given its relevance to international peace and security as well as the sanctity of global non-proliferation regime,” he added.

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