India Intelligence Report

   NSG Hardliners Blocking India’s Nuke Quest


Allowing an exemption to India to procure nuclear fuel was initiated at the plenary session of the 44-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meeting at Rio de Janeiro and it appears that Norway, Sweden, and Ireland were the last three holdouts against the idea.

The so-called 5 permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are expected to support the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal; although China has not said openly that it will support the deal. France is the biggest advocate  of the deal and says that its deal with India predates the one in the US. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director El Baradei has also supported the deal  and requested the US Congress to approve it.

While the Senate seems intend on approving it 60-40, the exact opposite is expected in the House of Representatives. Both houses need to approve for the deal to go through.

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