US-India agreement on nuclear energy cooperation hailed by UN atomic watchdog

20 July 2005

The United Nations agency entrusted with preventing the spread of nuclear weapons today welcomed an agreement between the United States and India to embark on full civil nuclear energy cooperation and to work to enhance nuclear non-proliferation and security.

"Out of the box thinking and active participation by all members of the international community are important if we are to advance nuclear arms control, non-proliferation, safety and security, and tackle new threats such as illicit trafficking in sensitive nuclear technology and the risks of nuclear terrorism," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei said in a statement.

Mr. ElBaradei said India's intention to identify and place all its civilian nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards and sign and adhere to an Additional Protocol allowing enhanced inspection of civilian nuclear facilities is a welcome development.

"I have always advocated concrete and practical steps towards the universal application of IAEA safeguards," he added, urging all countries using nuclear energy to apply the highest safety standards possible.

"Making advanced civil nuclear technology available to all countries will contribute to the enhancement of nuclear safety and security," he said.

 

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