Britain Joins US In Lifting Nuke Sanctions On India
UPI | August 11, 2005
Britain has lifted nuclear sanctions on India, becoming the first country to respond positively to an India-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement signed last month.
"As the first country to respond positively to India-U.S. nuclear deal, the Blair government notified parliament Wednesday about significant changes in its laws regarding exports of dual-use technologies to India," The Times of India newspaper said Thursday.
Under the relaxed rules, applications for items under the dual-use list of the Nuclear Suppliers Group will now be allowed to India and Pakistan on a case-by-case basis and only when their end-use will be in a civilian facility safeguarded by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.
India and Pakistan acquired nuclear weapons in 1998. Last month, the Bush administration recognized India as a responsible nuclear power and agreed to supply it with civilian nuclear technology.
"Applications for other licensable items, even those under weapon of mass destruction end-use controls will be opened on case-by-case basis," said an Indian Foreign Ministry source Thursday.
The criteria for considering these licenses will be clear end-user certification that they will be used in safeguarded nuclear fuel cycles and not in weapons programs.