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'No automatic route to uranium sale'

world Updated: Nov 29, 2011 00:50 IST

Uranium sale to India "would not start automatically" after the Labor government s reversal of a ban against its export to the country Australian foreign minister Kevin Rudd said on Monday.

Stating that the policy change was aimed at cultivating good ties with the rising Asian power Rudd added that it "won t automatically translate into a beginning of sales" according to Australian news agency AAP reported on Monday.

"India will first have to make strong commitments under a bilateral nuclear safeguards agreement " he said.

"I take my non-proliferation responsibilities deadly seriously," he said.