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India consents to obligate IAEA’s Safeguards Agreement

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Indian authorities have declared of assenting to an accord with International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) ,which would provide agency greater accesses to Indian civilian nuclear programme .This consent of India to facilitate the supervision of its civilian nuclear programme, by IAEA, has been made to clear the obstructions that exist between the two countries, in the context of the significant civil-nuclear deal.

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This approval is symbolic of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intention to consolidate strategic and economic bonds with the United States , especially when he is scheduled to meet President Barack Obama, in September.

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The spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin, said emphatically : ” I can confirm that we are consenting to the Additional Protocol to the IAEA Safeguards Agreement. And this decision is reflective of our commitment to the responsible use of nuclear energy.”

However, IAEA authorities haven’t made any statement on this, so far. Similarly, the evaluators of the worth of IAEA’s Safeguard Agreement, express their dissatisfaction in a way that this , doesn’t guarantee reduction in the spread of nuclear weapons. And that this agreement may permit India to join the league of countries which can trade in nuclear weapons and expand their nuclear capabilities, without having to get into any obligations.

A former senior IAEA official has stated unequivocally ,regarding this deal, as “no gain for non-proliferation.”

 

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