Nuclear Safeguards agreement not significant : ElBaradei

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General, Mohammed ElBaradei today said the safeguards agreement with India on the Indo-US Nuclear deal was not very significant and there was no deadline for signing it.

Dr ElBaradei who had a 35-minute meeting with External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee here this evening, told reporters that he wanted to see India as ''full partner'' of the Agency (IAEA).

''There is nothing significant about the safeguards agreement.

This is a standard measure. There is no deadline. India can take time,'' he said, adding that it was for the government of India to decide.

He said as a''friend of India,'' he wanted to see India make full use of nuclear energy and possess ''state-of-the art technology'' (nuclear) for 10 per cent growth.

India is a model for the developing world. India needs to rely on nuclear energy to maintain economic growth and lift the people who live on ''one dollar day.'' MORE UNI

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