Publicising IAEA text will be ‘nuclear terrorism’: Congress

July 9th, 2008 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 9 (IANS) The Congress Wednesday insisted that the text of the India-specific safeguards pact with IAEA was a privileged document and placing it in public domain could lead to “nuclear terrorism”. “Article 15 of the text clearly talks about confidential clauses. Putting the information about nuclear facility in public domain pertains to nuclear terrorism,” Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said here.

Tiwari’s comments came after Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) general secretary Prakash Karat attacked the government for keeping the text of the agreement a secret.

“It is a legal document contractually binding and how can a sovereign government divulge the details to people who are not in the government?” asked Tiwari.

Reiterating that the India-US nuclear deal was important to meet the growing power demands, Tiwari said: “By 2050 we would be the most populous country and out energy demands will grow exponentially.

“We will have a deficit of 5,000-6,000 MW energy per year, and 26 percent of it will come from nuclear energy,” he said.

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