India Intelligence Report
 

   Baradei Asks US Congress to Support Nuke Deal

 

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Chief El Baradei came out strongly to support the Indo-US civilian Nuclear Deal and asked the US Congress to vote in support of the “win-win agreement.” US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the world needs to “broaden our concept of non-proliferation regime in order to deal with anomalies like the Indian situation.”

Democrats in the US Congress are stalling the deal saying that a quick deal between IAEA and India would get the approval process moving faster. Nuclear Ayatollahs in the US point to this delay as Indian deceit and are urging the Congress not to support the deal claiming that it will dilute Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and will reward India for not signing the NPT. India refuses to sign the NPT arguing that it is discriminatory and promote nuclear weapons among the nuclear haves while denying the same level of security to others. India has nuclear weapons that the world refuses to acknowledge but also has very good non-proliferation deals.

Comparatively, Pakistan has proliferated nuclear weapons technology to North Korea, Iran, Libya, and Syria and protects the protagonist of this proliferation (disgraced nuclear scientist A.Q. Khan). The Nuclear Ayatollahs disingenuously argue that Pakistan will also ask for a similar deal disregarding the history of both countries. The US Administration has already rejected this demand from Pakistan pointing out these differences.

Meanwhile, the US has approached India for some minor modifications within the framework of the June 2005 agreement. Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns met in London to discuss what could be changed. Saran admitted that semantics and wording needs to be agreed by both nations so they respective interests are protected but did not elaborate what areas are being changed. There is fear in the Indian Government that changes will not be accepted by coalition partners such as the communists who oppose any dealings with the US because of their failed ideology.

Even if the deal passes the US Congress, it needs to get through the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) where there are even more strident Ayatollahs such as the Scandinavian nations and Australia. However, France has said that it will lobby for India  and work the Scandinavian nations to favor the deal. India and France, India and Russia have signed independent deals that are all contingent on the Indo-US deal being approved.