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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Nilova Roy Chaudhury, "No NPT, no uranium: Australia," Hindustan Times,

[This, or something like it, is the position the Canadian government should have taken on the US-Indian nuclear deal. But the press here can scarcely be bothered to report on it. The article below, first posted on January 14, 2008, is being run again on June 9, 2008 (tomorrow). An article published yesterday, by the same paper, points out that India itself has identified enough undeveloped uranium reserves "to run all of India’s current and planned nuclear power plants for their entire lifetime of 40 years. In the context of the bitter political debate in India over taking N-fuel from the US, the irony is inescapable." -jlt]

On the eve of the crucial fourth and probably decisive round of talks on an India-specific set of safeguards with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), India suffered a setback when the Australian government refused to sell it uranium. The new Labour government categorically told India there could be no sale of uranium to a country that was not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Australia is a member of the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), from which India would have to get a waiver if it seeks to operationalise the civil nuclear agreement with the United States and begin nuclear commerce.

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