WEEKLY SURVEYOR ARTICLE RE PAKISTAN'S PREDICTIONS THAT IT CAN OPERATE THE KARAC

Created: 1/24/1977

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Pakistan's Prediction*t Can Operate the KarachReactor without Canadian Assistance iselevised news contecer.ee.the Pakistani Minister of State for DefenseAffairs, announced Canada's recent decisionIts nuclear cooperation with Pakistan.that Pakistan will keep the KarachiPlant (kanupp) reactor operating. He foresawin acquiring fuel from non-CanMianaald that, with the exceptionew partslast the lifetime of the reactor, most tparebe reaoily availablf^^jor^othcr countries orflH839

The Pakistani minister's analysis ofstem ability to continue operating kas'JPP withoutassistance is overly optlaistic. His confidence on the fuel supply issue, however, is justifitd sincehasS-oonth supply of KAN'jpp fuel rods in the country arti is negotiating with Niger for theof ursnlufli to be used as

Germany is the only country other than Canada toeavy water powar reactor, bu'.since th_-ir design is drastically different from the CAtTOU reactor design. West Germany probably could not supply many parts. Of the few countries operating heavy water power reactors, some would probably be unwilling to sell parts

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