India will not accept any new conditions being imposed by countries in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) opposed to granting New Delhi a “clean” waiver to engage in civil nuclear trade, Anil Kakodkar said on Friday.
The AEC chairman said India would stick to the joint statement of July 18, 2005, signed by US President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
“We have done everything that was required. Whatever has to be done would have to be within the ambit of July 18, 2005, declaration,” Kakodkar said in response to reporters’ questions at the sidelines of a lecture organised by the Indian Pugwash Conference.
Repeatedly asked whether India would be willing to amending the draft circulated to the 45-nation NSG, he replied: “Don’t go by the wording. What is important is the substance of the draft and not it’s wording.”
Asked whether he was hopeful that the NSG would approve a clean waiver for India during their next meeting in Vienna on September 4-5, Kakodkar responded: “I have always been hopeful and would continue to be so.”
Separately, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said, “We have made it quite clear that we are interested in clean waiver from the NSG. We have presented our case. We have made our position clear to interlocutors.”
“We shall have to wait for final outcome which will be available to us after the September 4-5 meeting,” he added.
Earlier, Kakodkar allayed fears that the country’s nuclear installations could come under threat of terror attacks.
“Security of our nuclear installations is quite adequate. Apart from the Central Industrial Security Force, a group comprising of paramilitary forces, armed forces and the intelligence agencies monitors the security arrangements,” he said.
The AEC chief said the 9/11 attacks in the US were responsible for a fear psychosis the world over and misplaced perceptions had aggravated the threat of “nuclear terrorism” in the minds of the people.
Kakodkar said there were a lot of misconceptions about dangers of the nuclear material, and there was a need to make people aware of the real situation.