India Intelligence Report

   Russia, US, to Expand India Nuclear Ties

  • Russia and US planning to expand nuclear cooperation with India
  • Praise Non-Proliferation Record
  • Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism is seen as effort to investigate the Khan episode deeper

Russia and the United States praised India’s “important non-proliferation commitments” and revealed their desire to expand “civil nuclear cooperation to address its energy requirements, and on further enhancing global non-proliferating regime.” At the end of the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President George W. Bush issued a joint statement that they “look forward to reinforcing” their “partnership with India.” Analysts expect that these expanded relations will facilitate lifting international curbs of the Nuclear Suppliers' Group on nuclear technology and material transfer to non-member nations of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Analysts also expected that the “Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism”  to “prevent transfers of sensitive nuclear equipment, materials and technologies to states that may seek to use them for weapons purposes, or allow them to fall into terrorists' hands” to intensify pressure for a deeper probe into nuclear proliferation from Pakistan. The initiative said that the steps will “include determined and systematic efforts to detect and suppress trafficking or other illicit activities involving such materials, especially measures to prevent their acquisition and use by terrorists."

Other than preventing the transfer of technologies, the initiative calls for an international enrichment centers to provide nuclear fuel to third countries on a commercial basis. Analysts think that this reference is aimed at providing a way out of the Iranian tangle so they will have access to uninterrupted fuel supply. Iran has already indicated that the latest package from the EU is an “acceptable” platform for dialogue.

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