ISLAMABAD: The US Embassy in Islamabad denied the reports about the US considerations over provision of civil nuclear technology to Pakistan and put severe criticism on misreporting by Pakistani media.
The criticism and clarification came after the recent interview of the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, aired on the Pakistan’s largest private news channel Geo News on September 30.
Kamran Khan, a well-known Pakistani anchor, had hosted the current affair show “Aj Kamran Khan Kay Sath”, (Today with Kamran Khan), interviewed the US ambassador Richard Olsan.
According to the recent press release, the US Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson stated in a recent television interview that “discussion of civilian nuclear cooperation is a topic best left in the discreet diplomatic sphere.”
In the interview, which aired on September 30, Ambassador Richard Olson was asked about the prospect of US-Pakistan civilian nuclear cooperation.
Media outlets have widely misreported that Ambassador Olson suggested the United States was considering providing civilian nuclear technology to Pakistan. The Ambassador noted that discussions are best left to the diplomatic sphere.
The United States looks forward to continuing cooperation with Pakistan in ways that are compatible with Pakistan’s economic, environmental, and security needs and with U.S. international commitments and policies.