NSG Waiver To Be Maintained By India – S. M. Krishna
S. M. Krishna
Undisturbed by the G8 curb on the transfer of enrichment and reprocessing technology (ENR), the External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on Thursday told that India will proceed according to the clean waiver it has received from the Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG). He added that India and the US are in the process of selecting two sites for American nuclear reactors.
"The NSG has given India a clean waiver. We will proceed according to the NSG (guidelines)," Krishna said when asked if India's civil nuclear deal with the US was secure after the G8 declaration this month banned ENR transfer to those countries that have not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Asked if India had committed two sites for the American nuclear reactors during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit earlier this week, he said: "Talks are still on. We are in the process of selecting two sites." The sites are likely to be in Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh states, according to reliable sources.
"We are looking into it," he replied when asked about Clinton's suggestion that India should proceed fast with civil liability legislation which would exempt foreign nuclear companies from paying damages in case of nuclear-related accidents.