India Has Signed Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

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September 13, 2008: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared a fact sheet on the nuclear deal which states that the initiative will help meet India`s growing energy needs and strengthen the non-proliferation regime by integrating New Delhi into globally accepted non-proliferation norms and practices. “The agreement is about cooperation in research and development on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, which has been negotiated for 13 years and can finally be cemented by the summit,” said one of the EU officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. It is important for India to play a proactive role in establishing and improving global mechanisms through bilateral engagements and multilateral discussions, so that States active in the civilian nuclear industry are guided by strict guidelines and rules. In addition to establishing new mechanisms or strengthening existing ones, India should also provide public relations that would address concerns not only in the domestic context, but also in nuclear-supplying countries. The change in India`s civil nuclear engagement policy and nuclear security policy, even to a large extent, could dispel many suspicions and concerns about India`s nuclear policy and practice. (a) India has signed the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement with France, the Czech Republic, Russia, Namibia, Canada, Argentina, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Korea, Australia, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United States. A Memorandum of Understanding on civil nuclear cooperation was also signed with Mongolia. In December 2015, India and Japan exchanged a memorandum in which the two sides confirmed that they had agreed on an agreement on cooperation on the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. (b) On 6 September 2008, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) adopted a landmark decision (INFCIRC/734 ()), authorizing civil nuclear cooperation between its members and India. (c) Membership in the NSG would build on a predictable basis for our existing civil nuclear cooperation with foreign partners and facilitate increased investment, industrial ties and access to the technologies needed to accelerate the development of nuclear capacity in India. It would also allow India to meet its inDC commitment of 40% of its electricity capacity from non-fossil sources by 2030. 25. July 2008: The IAEA secretariat informs Member States of a specific safeguards agreement for India.

India and the European Union (EU) signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement on Tuesday on the eve of a virtual summit, while Europol and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are negotiating a working agreement to fight organised crime and terrorism. October 1, 2008: The Senate approves the India-U.S. civil nuclear deal by 86 votes to 13. Nuclear cooperation has brought a new dimension to Indian diplomacy in the twenty-first century. India`s status as a responsible nuclear power rests in part on its civilian nuclear relations with major powers, although it is not a signatory to the NPT and without a member of the NSG. Although India`s civil nuclear engagement with the international community has strengthened its position in the global civil nuclear order, the country must insist that it engage more with larger suppliers and interest groups to exploit its civilian nuclear potential and maintain its status as a responsible nuclear state. . . .