According to US intelligence and diplomatic officials, the secret agreement for the Chashma 3 reactor was signed in Beijing during the visit by a delegation from the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission from Feb 15 to 18.
The agreement calls for the state-run China National Nuclear Corp. to construct a 1,000-megawatt power plant at Chashma, located in Punjab, where two earlier Chinese reactors were built.
According to the Nation, the deal had been in the works for several years and prompted high-level US government efforts to block the sale because of concerns it will boost Pakistan's nuclear weapons programme.
The Washington Times claimed in a report that recent US intelligence reports indicated that China is in the process of modernising Islamabad's nuclear arsenal, which is estimated to contain as many as 110 warheads.
The arms cooperation is said to include development of a new warhead for Pakistan's growing missile arsenal as well as assistance in reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, the paper added.
--ANI (Posted on 23-03-2013)