India and Australia seal nuclear deal

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    India and Australia seal nuclear deal, Abbott meets Modi - The Times of India



    NEW DELHI: India and Australia sealed the long-awaited nuclear energy deal on Friday even as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he wanted first-rank relations with India.

    Abbott met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi and finalized the deal to allow the export of uranium to India.
    Abbott said India and Australia were bound by "strongly convergent" trade and strategic interests on the last day of his visit, which culminated with the deal to supply uranium to the energy-hungry country.

    During the meeting, PM Abbott gifted a 'Nehru jacket' made of Australian wool to PM Modi, who in return presented him a copy of the Gita.

    India and Australia kick-started negotiations on uranium sales in 2012 after Canberra lifted a long-time ban on exporting the valuable ore to Delhi to meet its ambitious nuclear energy programme.
    Australia, the world's third biggest uranium producer, had previously ruled out such exports to nuclear-armed India because it has not signed the global non-proliferation treaty.

    Both India and Pakistan are nuclear-armed, and along with Israel and North Korea are the only countries not signed up to the non-proliferation treaty to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
     
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    Abbott defends India uranium deal

    Updated: 6:15 am, Friday, 5 September 2014

    Tony Abbott has defended a foreshadowed agreement to sell uranium to India, describing the South Asian nation as a 'model citizen' with peaceful ambitions.

    The prime minister is expected to sign a long-awaited nuclear safeguards agreement with his counterpart, Narendra Modi, in New Delhi on Friday.

    The deal would allow Australia to start shipping its abundant reserves of uranium to the subcontinent, which is struggling to meet its vast energy needs.

    It's a controversial move because India has refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which ensures uranium is used for civilian energy purposes and not weapons.

    But Mr Abbott said it signalled trust with the 'world's emerging democratic superpower'.

    'India has an absolutely impeccable non-proliferation record,' he told reporters in Mumbai on Thursday.

    'India has been a model international citizen. India threatens no one.'

    But when asked how Australia could guarantee India used its uranium as promised, Mr Abbott declared: 'It's not our job to try to tell India how to conduct its internal affairs.'........
     
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    Australia, India to sign nuclear agreement on uranium export: Abbott - Firstpost

    Sep 5, 2014 15:51 IST

    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he hoped to sign a deal to sell uranium to India for peaceful power generation by Friday evening, but halted uranium exports to Russia over Moscow's role in Ukraine.

    Work on an India-Australia agreement has been underway since Australia, which has 40 percent of the world's known uranium reserves, lifted a long-standing ban on selling uranium to energy-starved India in 2012.

    India is seeking a similar agreement with Japan. The two sides have claimed "significant progress" but failed to reach a last-minute agreement on safeguards sought by Tokyo when the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Japan earlier this month.

    Nuclear-armed India and Australia have been working on a safeguards agreement since then to ensure any uranium exports from Australia are used purely for peaceful purposes.

    "I am hoping to sign a nuclear cooperation agreement that will enable uranium sales by Australia to India," Abbott, who will visit this week, told parliament in Canberra......
     
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    These are the good feedback about India in international arena,India need to maintain this record, combined with softpower and strong economy India has all the ingredients to be in top 3 in the coming decade.
     
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    Japanese Nuke technology corporates are facing tough situation in their own country after Fukushima disaster, they need a market, India has plans to build 36 nuclear reactor, I am sure Japan will ink Nuke deal with India.

     
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    When will they sign? When abe visits ind?

    A strong india is in intrest of japan.
    I feel jap have not signed the deal coz of US.
     
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    talks are going on .... some break through are achieved.
     
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    http://www.9news.com.au/national/2015/09/08/03/38/australia-s-india-uranium-deal-report-due

    Caution urged on uranium sales to India

    The government needs to consider greater safeguards and stronger diplomatic efforts before Australia sells uranium to India, a new report says.

    The treaties committee report, tabled in parliament on Tuesday, said India should be encouraged to become a party to the comprehensive test ban treaty and separate its civil and military nuclear facilities.

    Uranium should not be sold to India until it puts in place an independent nuclear regulator and best practice safety inspections of nuclear facilities, the report said.


    Committee chairman, Liberal MP Wyatt Roy, said in the report there were some "significant risks" to selling uranium to India.

    India was outside the "nuclear non-proliferation mainstream" and Australia should use all diplomatic steps to ensure it signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

    There were weaknesses in the way India's nuclear facilities are regulated "that jeopardise nuclear safety and security".

    "The committee has made a recommendation that the sale of uranium to India only commence when these weaknesses have been addressed," Mr Roy said.

    However, he said the committee had been satisfied Australian nuclear material in India could be accounted for and tracked.

    The report found uranium sales to India could be between 1000 and 2000 tonnes and worth up to $225 million in export earnings by 2030.

    The Mining Council estimated jobs in the industry could rise from 4300 to 8000.

    Two Labor members of the committee said the full separation of India's civil and military nuclear facilities and the setting up of a new independent watchdog should be done before the treaty is ratified.

    The majority committee view was that these two matters should be addressed after ratification.

    "We consider it essential that any nuclear agreement with India should be at least as rigorous as all the agreements Australia has concluded with other countries," Labor's Melissa Parke and Sue Lines wrote.

    Greens senator Scott Ludlam said the deal should not go ahead.

    "It puts the interest of a small and marginal industry ahead of global security," he said.

    Talks with India on uranium were first flagged under the Howard government but stalled under the Rudd Labor government, before the ALP changed its policy in December 2011.

    Former prime minister Julia Gillard announced formal talks with India in October 2012 and the agreement was tabled in parliament in October 2014.

    Labor MP and deputy chairman of the committee, Kelvin Thomson, said the report should act as an "orange light", warning the government to tread carefully.

    "The government will ignore these powerful recommendations, which come not only from opposition members but members of the government, at its peril and the peril of Australia's reputation as a global citizen with a strong commitment to non-proliferation and disarmament," Mr Thomson said.


    Read more at http://www.9news.com.au/national/20...a-uranium-deal-report-due#lqrU3cmScPsYgfSk.99
     
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