Nuke deal is in final stages: Anil Kakodkar

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Kota, Dec 30 (UNI) Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar has claimed that the discussion on the Indo-US Civilian nuclear deal had been completed and now the draft of the deal had to be formally approved before being sent to the US Congress.

''The discussion part of the deal has been completed and now the draft will have to undergo formal approvals before being sent to the US Congress for its ratification,'' said Mr Kakodkar, who was here to attend the 24th DAE Safety and Occupational Health Professionals Meet, while talking to newsmen at the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station (RAPS) Rawatbhata yesterday.

Claiming that the nuclear deal would not, in any way, affect our sovereignty or nuclear testing, he said the deal would, on the contrary, facilitate civil nuclear trade and help in meeting the country's energy requirements.

Mr Kakodkar said the only objective of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) was to ensure a safegaurd system at the power generation units and check whether the units were engaged in civil nuclear programme or misusing it.

''The IAEA has been ensuring such safeguards at those nuclear power generation units developed with the cooperation of foreign countries like Tarapur Atomic Power stations first and second units and unit one of RAPS,'' he said, adding that the IAEA safeguards, after Indo-US nuke deal, would not breach the sovereignty of the country.

He further added that the autonomous nuclear programme would continue unabated even after the materialisation of the deal.

When asked whether the deal would prohibit nuclear testing , Mr Kakodkar said, ''It does not mention nuclear testing.'' UNI

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