N-deal would help India export its small reactors: Anil Kakodkar

November 14th, 2007 - 3:01 am ICT by admin  
Stating the nuclear deal is not a one-way process, but a two-way one, Kakodkar told reporters: “When we talk about civil nuclear cooperation, we are not talking about one-way traffic, we are not talking about things coming from outside, which will help additionally, but we can also talk about exporting.”

“We are the only country in the world to make commercial small reactors. We can export it to other countries,” he added.

He asserted that the civilian nuclear cooperation would not interfere with country’s domestic programme, and termed it as a “good thing”.

Kakodkar’s statement comes even as uncertainty prevails over the operationalisation of the deal.

The Left Front, which provides crucial support to the UPA Government, is constantly engaged in making a broad political alliance against the deal by taking the support of Third Front or UNPA.

The Communists’ vehement opposition to the deal has already reduced chances of the present coalition completing its full term.

Three more steps are required to operationalise the deal that include, safeguard agreement with the IAEA, amendment in the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group’s charter and the passing of the 123-agreement by the US Congress.

The deadline to complete the safeguard agreement with IAEA unofficially comes to an end in October this year.

The crucial meeting between the Left and the UPA is scheduled for November 16 which External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has termed it as not the last one, with several rounds of dialogue remained to be completed.

The civilian nuclear cooperation deal aims to lift a three-decade ban on sales of US nuclear fuel and reactors to India, which was imposed after it conducted a nuclear test in 1974 while staying out of non-proliferation agreements. (ANI)

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