US think tank alleges india in covert nuclear trade

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  1. LETHALFORCE

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    US. think-tank slams India’s alleged covert nuke trade - The Hindu[/India’s alleged involvement in illicit nuclear trade networks came under fire in a detailed report issued by a major security-focused think tank here, the Institute for Science and International Security.

    In its 114-page report on “Future World of Illicit Nuclear Trade,” authors David Albright, Andrea Stricker, and Houston Wood argued that India despite being a non-Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) signatory, was “expected to maintain or improve nuclear arsenals via illicit trade, in violation of originating state laws and international law.”

    According to ISIS India was in fact among a group of “illicit nuclear trade suppliers of concern,” including China, Pakistan, Brazil, Turkey, Russia and a host of “rogue states” such as Iran, North Korea, Syria “and possibly a Khan-type network.”

    Outlining numerous specific concerns about India’s involvement in illicit procurement the July report unveiled on October 1 said that New Delhi “On one hand, seeks parts, equipment, and technology for its civilian nuclear power program, an effort facilitated by the 2008 U.S.-India agreement on civilian nuclear trade, while at the same time engaging in illicit activities to obtain key items for its unsafeguarded nuclear facilities and nuclear weapons programme.”

    It also pulled no punches in emphasising that India benefitted from the Abdul Qadeer Khan nuclear smuggling network which was “exposed and rolled up in 2003 and 2004,” also noting that nuclear smugglers allegedly supplying Iran with components, “placed orders from Germany and Turkey to an Indian valve company.” In this specific case four shipments of 856 valves went from India to Turkey and then on to Iran, the report said.

    The ISIS study however exonerated some aspects of India’s nuclear development, pointing out that India used commercial, electricity production reactors to make plutonium for its nuclear weapons, including heavy water reactors.

    This method, used by India “as a way to surge plutonium production following its 1999 nuclear tests and the formal launch of its nuclear arms race with Pakistan, did not however entail the use of reactors under International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards, “so their use did not involve a violation of any international agreements.”

    However ISIS underscored India’s dependence on foreign procurement to acquire major components, such as the fact that it was “known to have procured on several occasions at least one of the required chemicals, tributyl phosphate (TBP), for its own programme abroad rather than making the TBP itself.”

    A long list of components were said to have been illicitly procured by India and other nations such as Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, including vacuum measuring equipment, vacuum pumps, fast-acting valves, ring magnets, specialized oils, specialized epoxy resins, computerized control equipment, high-grade maraging steel, high-strength aluminum, high-strength carbon fibre, CNC machine tools.

    In terms of policy recommendations to stem the rise of illicit nuclear trade in the future the ISIS report said that “proliferant states, such as India and Pakistan, which have depended or did depend on overseas, illegal procurements for their nuclear programmes, may resist reforms in trade control systems and rigorous enforcement of trade control laws.”

    India was also considered to feature in the list of “future possible turntable countries or countries of diversion concern” and one policy response would be to initiate an international effort to improve and standardise security and classification rules among responsible nations.

    Additionally domestic intelligence agencies involved in investigating and analyzing illicit trade had to be developed in India, “but as these countries implement their controls more effectively, they can also strengthen government/industry cooperation,” the report said.

    Ultimately it would be necessary to “pressure partners such as India and Pakistan to stop breaking U.S. and other nations’ laws to equip their nuclear weapons or unsafeguarded nuclear programmes, ISIS noted, adding that negotiations toward tension reduction and caps on fissile material and nuclear weapons production between India and Pakistan would also

    http://www.thehindu.com/news/intern...-alleged-covert-nuke-trade/article5193652.ece.
     
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    Three eggheads in a circle jerk. I bet they all went to Harvard, just like Obama.
     
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    I don't know why Germany never makes the list when they have supplied india,Pakistan and Iran?
     
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    Syria would not have chemical weapons without Germany's help.
     
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    why american senators are always divided in to two groups over india?one supporter another opposers.is this their govt's game plan??

    every one knows we had exceptional track record in non-proliferation
     
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    Not to forget UK which is now rallying against Syria while doing nothing about the suppliers.
     
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    Funding from Pakistan; leagl, illegal and from proxy sources.
     
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    The jokers are ranting about help India got from AQ Khan network when we all know how his client states Iran and Lybia were pissed off him for his dud designes, he himself wasn't able to detonate his own designe but had to order it from Chinese nuclear take away shop.

    They are talking about use of civalian reactors to extract fuel for nuclear arsenal; which is a known fact since ages, and USA regime and rest of the world is aware of it that it was Canadian reactor that was used for this purpose. Droping defunct historic facts in an article is not going to impress sane readership only half literate Pakistanis who will run troll programe for their channels quoting this article full of claims with zero proof.
     
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    Even Ben Bernanke went to Harvard. Now, he is busy punching QE after QE, with no recovery in sight. :(
     
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    Populist nonsense! Then let this guy (and others like him) lead America and we shall see...

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    Messiah will have the best time of his life! :rofl:
     
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    IMO, this is nothing but a US bullying other states just because they have more Money, Technology compared to others ! Why can't USA mind it's own business ?

    If USSR would have been still alive, USA wouldn't be having balls to finger other countries unnecessarily.
     
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    Just for information sake, why do you think so? Can you pls enlighten more about them.
     
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    ok.
    nothing to surprised of but why so much anti while its govt is cozying up with us?
     
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    Like India, USA is a country of people having diverse opinions and they can take sides without being rational or being judicious. Then being an analyst in USA or a law maker, they carry more weightage behind their opinions than anyone else on this planet; therefore they can use such advantages to earn funding.

    Pakistan is not alone who on frequent intervals buy such psy-op propaganda from USA sources many nations does it and it is a thriving business in USA.
    However many analysts can be freelance commentators on different subjects and few unleashed by government in power to serve their national interests. Like in this case It could be Obama administration or private nuclear trade agencies trying to tell India (both side of politics) that either you should tow our line or we will assault your credibility.
     
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    Why do I think they went to Harvard?

     
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    I do not agree with many things Lindsey Graham (right) says, but I have a lot of respect for him. He is an accomplished man, a colonel with South Carolina National Air Guard, and Senator, and a bachelor, which makes him a good candidate who can dispense fair governance with little chance of nepotism.

    As an aside, I love his accent as well.
     
  18. W.G.Ewald

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    From their bios.
    Princeton & GW University might as well be Harvard.
     
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    Actually, I meant why you think they are eggheads??
     
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    Harvard is a prestigious institute AFAIK. So whats wrong if they studied at the same place? I may not be aware of student groups / bodies that put forth ridiculous assumptions but pray tell.
     
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    In my opinion, Harvard graduates should live up to the reputation of their alma mater. We tend to judge people by their achievements and failures. In a few cases, some prominent Harvard graduates have made a mess of their responsibilities. Hence the question mark on the credibility of Harvard. I hope the tag "Harvard graduate" is not merely titular.
     
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