Friday, September 12, 2008

India-US Nuclear Deal a Blow to Africa

ISS Today 12 September: India-US Nuclear Deal a Blow to Africa

On 6 September 2008, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) agreed to exempt India from its guidelines that require comprehensive international safeguards as a pre-condition for the trade in nuclear material. This follows extensive negotiations and pressure from the US to allow it to provide energy-starved India with nuclear fuel and technology. This includes the passing of the 2006 Henry J. Hyde Act, by which the US president is able to waive legal restrictions on nuclear trade with countries that have tested nuclear weapons, have not joined the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), and do not allow comprehensive international nuclear safeguards.

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