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Pakistan has been demanding that its request for admission into the NSG be considered alongside that of India, but India could use North Korea’s nuclear test.

NEW DELHI: India is set to hit out at Pakistan's attempts to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group by highlighting in international fora the neighbouring country's clandestine nuclear and missile cooperation with North Korea that stands exposed with the communist regime's latest nuclear test.

Pakistan has been demanding that its request for admission into the NSG be considered alongside that of India, but India could use North Korea's nuclear test conducted on Friday to further its own NSG membership case while exposing Pakistan, people familiar with the matter said. The fifth and most powerful nuclear test so far by North Korea has magnified concern over proliferation risk in India's neighbourhood, they said.

India's case has been further bolstered by a Washington Post article on North Korea's clandestine links with Pakistan. The newspaper last week published a letter which it said was given to it by the scholar Simon Henderson, who says it was given to him by Abdul Qadeer Khan back in 2007.

The letter is reported to have been written by Jeon Byung Ho, just a month after Pakistan's first nuclear test in May 1998. In the letter Jeon, who at that time was the head of North Korea's nuclear programme, claims his country had paid up to $3 million to the then Pakistan Army chief Jehangir Karamat to put "agreed documents and nuclear components" on a plane that was returning to Pyongyang after delivering missile parts to Pakistan.

India joined the world to deplore the nuclear test by North Korea. Strategic affairs experts said that India suspects that North Korea's secret defense cooperation with Pakistan is still continuing.

Source>>Economic Times

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