Obama administration seeks 'assurance' on non-proliferation from India
PTI 16 November 2009, 12:46pm IST
WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has sought an "assurance" from India on nuclear non-proliferation to take forward the Indo-US civilian nuclear trade between them
The Indian "assurance" is now being considered as a "proximate obstacle" to Indo-US civilian nuclear trade as Americans in knowledge of the talks on this critical issue have metaphorically termed New Delhi's response as "India is not picking up the phone".
In the absence of such an "assurance" letter from India, the PTI has been informed that the US department of energy would not be able to issue the mandatory license - called Part 810 (pronounced Part eight ten) - to American companies for doing any kind of civilian nuclear trade with the country.
Part 810 - refers to the process set forth in 10 Code of Federal Regulations Part 810. Under the section 57.b of the US Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, and in accordance with established procedures, only the Secretary of Energy is authorised to give permission, directly or indirectly, to persons or companies in the production of special nuclear material outside the US.
This provision applies to technology transfers and technical assistance to all activities of the nuclear fuel-cycle, including non-power reactors.
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