India signing nuclear test ban treaty to kick-start talks with Japan?

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  1. Yusuf

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    Misleading headline. India is not going to sign CTBT or sign any paper which states india will not test while maintaining voluntary moratorium.

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    TOKYO/NEW DELHI: It may not be necessary for India to sign Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) for resumption of talks with Japan for peaceful use of nuclear energy but it will certainly help if any such bilateral agreement can weave in New Delhi's commitment to ban on nuclear test. Top diplomatic sources here told TOI that merely a generic voluntary moratorium on carrying out nuclear tests, which India keeps reiterating, will not be of much help.

    The talks for civilian nuclear cooperation between the two countries have remained suspended since the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in March, 2011. In a recent interaction with outgoing Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda in Cambodia, PM Manmohan Singh had raised the issue of nuclear cooperation with Tokyo, but there is still no commitment from Japan exactly when talks will restart.

    "Japan is not insisting that India sign CTBT but it is my reading that if India can commit to a test ban in any bilateral agreement for such a cooperation between the two countries, it will certainly make things easier," a top diplomatic source handling Japan's non-proliferation policy told TOI. The official was talking on the sidelines of the Fukushima ministerial conference that discussed measures to enhance nuclear safety worldwide, apart from showcasing Japan's efforts to cope up with the nuclear disaster.

    The official added though that Japan was not imposing any pre-conditions for resumption of nuclear dialogue. Indian officials here said though that it was not possible for New Delhi to go any further than what New Delhi had committed to before Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in September, 2008, where got India a waiver to carry out nuclear commerce.

    Then foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee had said in a statement that India remained committed to a voluntary and unilateral moratorium on nuclear test and to negotiate a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT).

    India is hoping that the Liberal Democratic Party chief and the incoming PM, Shinzo Abe, will work towards resumption of talks. Abe shunned the policy of doing away completely with nuclear power and yet managed an emphatic win in the recent Lower House elections. After his victory, Abe has suggested that he will reconsider Japan's ban on construction of new nuclear reactors in the country.

    Abe had earlier described the Noda-led government's call for zero-dependence on nuclear energy as "unrealistic and irresponsible".

    India signing nuclear test ban treaty to kick-start talks with Japan? - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site
     
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    Re: India signing nuclear test ban treaty to kick-start talks with Jap

    What a stupid headline.
     
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    What a stupid expectation from the japs. Instead of testing a few warheads themselves to put China in its place, they now want us to commit to not testing? I thought Abe grew some balls in the few years as opposition.
     
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    Re: India signing nuclear test ban treaty to kick-start talks with Jap

    No the news is based on "assumption" of one person. It is not a japans position. Not overtly at least . That is why I said the headline is misleading. Abe is one person on who we can expect to go overtly nuclear if push comes to shove fm China
     
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    It is not up to Abe or even Japanesee public. Without USA's permission, there is nothing that Japanese can do on nuclear weapons! They have a treay.
     
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    Re: India signing nuclear test ban treaty to kick-start talks with Jap

    No sure when Japan will come out its Pacifist attitude... It is high time for Japan to give a hard look to its over dependence on USA...

    USA should encourage Japan to grow its own offensive military capabilities, Since the situation in there is changing very fast, USA must provide the necessary space to Japan...
     
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    Re: India signing nuclear test ban treaty to kick-start talks with Jap

    we all read it collectively as a bunch of stupidity ! no r difficulty on that one

    jap has to be brought up to date - the public , that is ....npt is a piece of paper which is out of date by at least 25 years

    it's time to move onto a new regime - if at all - ad MMS being great friend of Abe - knew hii fahter and all that - should encourage Jap to grow out of adolescence under usa to be their own man time to militarize and LIKE INDIA be recognised as responsible in defence - so Nuke is allowed as long as it is a defensive posture
     

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