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New conditions will nullify IAEA pact: India

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August 05, 2008 18:04 IST

Pressing for a 'clean' and 'unconditional' waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers' Group to take the Indo-US nuclear deal forward, India on Tuesday said it does not expect any new conditions since that would nullify the safeguards pact cleared by the IAEA.

Scoop: What the IAEA agreement gives India

New Delhi also said that its export control requirements have already been harmonised in tune with the guidelines of the 45-nation NSG, whose clearance will end the nation's nuclear isolation.

"We have already harmonised our export control requirements with that of Nuclear Suppliers Group," Atomic Energy Chairman Anil Kakodkar told PTI on Tuesday, ahead of the NSG's special meeting scheduled on August 21 that will take a call on the nuclear deal.

The India-IAEA Safeguards Agreement

"All we want is a clean and unconditional exemption from the Nuclear Suppliers' Group," he said.

NSG guidelines require comprehensive safeguards (applicable only to NPT countries), and since India has both civil and military programmes, we have a unique position. Therefore, such comprehensive safeguards are not relevant to India.

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