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No nuclear, F-16 deal with Pakistan: US official

India TV News Desk 23 Oct 2015, 18:36:00 IST
India TV News Desk

New Delhi: Shortly after President Barack Obama's meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the White House, a senior US official said that the America is not negotiating a civilian nuclear deal with Pakistan.

"There is no such thing as a nuclear deal," the official said to a question about the nuclear deal at a briefing held exclusively for Indian journalists in Washington DC.

"Let me assure you categorically," the official said, adding that the press 'allegations of 123 agreement (a US legal requirement for any nuclear deal) with Pakistan are completely false'.

There were reports doing the rounds that US was willing to give Pakistan a similar deal in exchange for Islamabad accepting a cap on its nuclear arsenal.

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US recently signed a nuclear agreement India that allows it to access nuclear supplies from the exclusive Nuclear Suppliers Group despite not being a signatory to NPT.

The official also challenged reports that US will sale eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

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Reports have emerged that US is set to sell eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan despite Washington's growing reservations over Islamabad's fast expanding nuclear arsenal.

Meanwhile, during Thursday's meeting at the White House, their second meeting so far, Sharif assured Obama of his country's resolve to deny the Haqqani Network.