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Highlights of PM's statement

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday put up a stout defence of the nuclear deal with the United States in his first statement in Parliament after the 123 Agreement.

india Updated: Aug 14, 2007 02:05 IST

Hindustan Times

Civil nuclear energy cooperation agreement between two states possessing advanced nuclear technologies and having the same benefits and advantages
Ensures the autonomy of India’s strategic programme is fully maintained
Ensures full civil nuclear cooperation, including technology transfer on industrial or commercial scale
US to support Indian efforts to develop strategic reserve of nuclear fuel to guard against any disruption of supply over the lifetime of our reactors
India’s right to reprocess US-origin spent fuel secured upfront
India to establish new national reprocessing facility dedicated to reprocessing foreign nuclear material under IAEA safeguards. India and US will mutually agree on arrangements and procedures under which such reprocessing will take place
Agreement protects the interests of the three-stage nuclear programme as it
provides for use of fissionable material in national facilities under IAEA safeguards
Provides for transfer of enrichment, reprocessing and heavy water production facilities to India through amendment. The US has no allowed such transfers to any other country
Decision to undertake nuclear test in future is India’s sovereign decision
No change in India’s position that it will accept only IAEA safeguards on civilian nuclear facilities. This will be in a phased manner, as identified in the Separation Plan and only when all international restrictions have been lifted
No provision that US cooperation will be subject to annual certification process.
No consent to any provision that mandates scrutiny of India’s nuclear weapons programme or unsafeguarded nuclear facilities
Implementation of agreement will not hinder or interfere with India’s nuclear activities
Nothing in agreement impinges on India’s strategic programme or ability to conduct advanced R&D
No question of compromise on independent foreign policy
Elaborate multi-layered consultation process included with regard to future events that may be cited as a reason by either party to seek cessation of cooperation or termination of agreement
US can seek cessation of cooperation only if it is prepared to take extreme step of terminating agreement
India’s right to take ‘corrective measures’ to be maintained even after termination of agreement
India targets 20,000 MW of nuclear power generation by 2020; this can be doubled with international cooperation
India-specific safeguards agreement with IAEA, change in NSG guidelines to enable nuclear commerce will be the beginning of the end of the technology-denial regime against India
Major spin-offs for the development of industry, both public and private.

First Published: Aug 14, 2007 02:02 IST