Skip to comments.India rejects US nuclear deal condition
Posted on 04/17/2006 2:21:15 PM PDT by Gengis Khan
|India says no to US bid to put cap on its nuclear testing|
|NEW DELHI, APR 17 (PTI)
India today rejected US proposal for a cap on its nuclear testing saying such a provision has no place in a proposed bilateral agreement.
New Delhi, however, made it clear that it was committed to the unilateral moratorium on further tests.
A draft agreement sent by the US stipulated several elements one of which said cooperation will be discontinued if India were to detonate a nuclear explosive device.
"In preliminary discussions on these elements, India has already conveyed to the US that such a provision has no place in the proposed bilateral agreement and that India is bound only by what is contained in the July 18 Joint Statement, that is, continuing its commitment to a unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told reporters when asked about the American proposal.
"The US had shared with India some weeks ago a preliminary draft agreement on Indo-US civil nuclear cooperation under Article 123 of the US Atomic Energy Act," he said.
India's position on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) is well-known and continues to remain valid. New Delhi maintains that it will sign the treaty only if it is universal with all countries dismantling their nuclear arsenal.
The US is hoping to have annual trade worth millions of dollars through this agreement.
India has already presented a plan to separate its civilian and military nuclear facilities on the basis of which the Bush administration is seeking change of US laws. The legislation in this regard is currently being debated in the US Congress.
The July 18 was clinched on March 2 during the visit of US President George W Bush, also makes it incumbent on India to negotiate a safeguards agreement with the IAEA.
In the July 18 Joint Statement, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh conveyed that India would reciprocally agree to be ready to assume the same responsibilities and practices and acquire the same benefits and advantages as other leading countries with advanced nuclear technology, such as the United States.
These responsibilities and practices include signing and adhering to an Additional Protocol with respect to civilian nuclear facilities; continuing India's unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing and working with the US for the conclusion of a multilateral Fissile Material Cutt-Off Treaty.
The US President, in turn, committed to seek agreement from Congress to adjust US laws and policies and that the US will work with friends and allies to adjust international regimes to enable full civil nuclear energy cooperation and trade with India.
In all honesty...the US should really start testing nukes again...at least a few. There is some rumbling in the sceintific community that despite advanced computer modeling. Nothing quite beats testing.
But... are we still getting the mangoes?
They are pawns of russia anyhow.
With todays software is actually 'lighting-one-off' even necessary anymore?
And Musharraf is a pawn of the US - everything balances.
Not really India is a a member of the SCO along with the rest of the goons.
Southern College of Optometry? Scottish Chamber Orchestra? Throw me a frickin' bone here.
India has 1 billion people to protect. I can't see stopping them from testing a nuke.
Other that wasting a bomb they might need of other uses!!
Yeah, India which will have the worlds fourth largest economy and third most powerful military after the US and China by 2025 is a pawn of Russia. Maybe you had a point in 1976 but not in 2006.
Just because we assert whatever is in our national interest we become pawns of Russia?
Wrong. India (along with Pakistan) have observer status in the SCO, not members. In case of Pakistan, which is also an observer in the SCO, I don't suppose you hold it against them since they are your ally.
Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO)
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a regional alliance of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
Mongolia, Pakistan, Iran and India have the observer status.
I agree - at a minimum you need a few tests to confirm the modeling accuracies. But I'd also like to see some larger-yield new design work done. I fear we are going to need them someday.
Train some more Iranian troops in India. Yeah we know a counter NATO alliance is being formed against the west.
I didn't find any mention of India training Iranian troops anywhere in the article.
Instead I found this:
"Absorbing new member states needs a legal basis, yet the SCO has no rules concerning the issue. Therefore, there is no need for some Western countries to worry whether India, Iran or other countries would become new members."
And the last time I checked we voted against Iranian nuclear program. Honestly I dont understand the big chip on your shoulder against India.
I like India but I dont like the way they try and play both sides against the middle.That is a recipe for no allies. Yes last week I read an article about them training iranian troops in India and Condi Rice said it concerned her.
i watched condi on c-span. she actually called the reports misleading. she made a distinction betweeon training iranian troops versus port calls by iranian ships. incidentally iranian ships visit the UK and Italy among other countries.
there is a lobby in the press and congress that is opposed to Pres.Bush and his nuclear deal with india. this iran report is intended to scuttle that deal
I have no chip. I just know that India at present can not be trusted like say the UK.
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