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Pakistan Meets with Anti-Nuclear Experts in Bid to Secure Membership


Experts from an international group opposed to the spread of nuclear arms have met with Pakistani officials to discuss non-proliferation efforts.

Monday's meeting was the first between the Nuclear Suppliers Group and representatives of Pakistan's Foreign Ministry. The talks focused on Pakistan's desire to join the organization.

Pakistani officials learned what criteria the Asian country would need to meet for membership in the group.

Pakistan contacted the 44-member organization earlier this year asking the group to join in coordinating the country's non-proliferation efforts.

The Nuclear Suppliers Group was formed in 1974. Its members monitor sensitive equipment from industrialized countries that could be used for illicit weapons. The group also coordinates the implementation of guidelines that would govern nuclear and nuclear-related exports.

Pakistan became a nuclear power in 1998.

Some information for this report provided by AP.