India, Japan look to sign nuclear deal during PM Modi’s visitindia Updated: Oct 28, 2016 21:09 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe during a bilateral meeting at 28th and 29th ASEAN Summit in Vientiane, Laos.(PTI File Photo)
India and Japan are racing to conclude a nuclear deal that the two sides have been in talks over since 2008, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Japan for an annual summit.
Modi will be in Japan on November 11 and 12. During the visit Modi will also have an audience with the Emperor of Japan.
According to officials, all efforts were being made to seal the nuclear pact, which has to be cleared by the Japanese parliament, too.
If it is done, this would be Japan’s first civil nuclear cooperation pact with a country that has not joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Japan, the only country to have suffered nuclear bombings, has been seeking assurance from India that it will not be used for military purposes or nuclear tests.
With China continues to step up its activities in the East and South China seas and the Indian Ocean, two countries are set to step up their maritime security cooperation as well.