India to sign a nuke safeguards agreement with IAEA

January 31st, 2009 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): India will sign a nuke safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Nuclear Agency (IAEA) at the headquarters of the agency, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), in Vienna on Monday.
India’’s ambassador Saurab Kumar will sign the inspection agreement, which will be later approved by the central government and Chief negotiator Ravi Grover will work on the additional mandatory protocol requirements.
The agreement is expected to facilitate the supply of atomic fuel and technology to the country, actualising the effectiveness of the international civil nuclear agreement after the prohibition on the 34-year-old nuke trade was done away with.
On August 1 last year, the Board of Governors of IAEA told the Director General Mohammed ElBaradei to talk on the implementation of India-specific safeguards agreement (ISSA). A month later, the nuke trade embargo was lifted.
The agreement is also vital, as it the will allow the other 45 members of the Nuclear Supply Group (NSG) to supply material and technology for India’’s nuclear power programme with the initiative of US, which leads the civil nuclear deal.
According to DAE, this is an important move to place 14 reactors under the IAEA safeguards and it will also use the already ordered uranium from the French power major AREVA more effectively.
The imported uranium is likely to be used in unit two of Rajasthan Atomic Power Plant at Kota. (ANI)

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