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Bush pitch for reactor sale

It may just be a happy coincidence but nuclear power is the flavour of the season for US President George W. Bush, who has declared the next seven days an "energy week" to aggressively promote the use of nuclear power ? before he embarks on his India visit.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2006 01:00 IST

It may just be a happy coincidence but nuclear power is the flavour of the season for US President George W. Bush, who has declared the next seven days an "energy week" to aggressively promote the use of nuclear power — before he embarks on his India visit.

A day after his defence of the nuke deal with India, Bush used his weekly radio address to outline his ideas on supplying small-scale nuclear reactors to developing countries to help them cut their dependence on oil and other fossil fuels.

Bush made a strong pitch for his new initiative — the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership that is to be kicked off with a $250 million allocation this year. The US plans to work with France, Russia and Japan on this and has hinted at co-opting India in due course.

"Together, we will develop and deploy innovative, advanced reactors and new methods to recycle spent nuclear fuel," he said. "We will also ensure that these developing nations have a reliable nuclear fuel supply," he said and then came the caveat. "In exchange, these countries would agree to use nuclear power only for civilian purposes and forego uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities that can be used to develop nuclear weapons."

First Published: Feb 20, 2006 01:00 IST