India under the inspection of US, IAEA now!

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New Delhi, Aug 2: Reiterating its stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the BJP on Saturday, Aug 2 asserted that the passage of the safeguards agreement at the IAEA on Friday, Aug 1 had put India 'under the perpetual inspection regime of the IAEA, without any guarantee of fuel in perpetuity'.

The party claimed that the agreement was not India specific but was a model agreement for non-nuclear weapon states, which had put a 'nuclear' India at a disadvantage. Stressing the need for 'introspection' of the 'consequences of the conditionality' in the Agreement, the BJP charged the UPA government with deliberately skipping clarification over US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns' statement that the Hyde Act would be applicable to the 123 agreement and 'prohibits India from further nuclear tests'.

If India tests in the future, the US can take back the fuel, plant, machinery and spares without India's permission, the party said.

Talking to newspersons, BJP spokesperson Pramod Javadekar posed three questions to the Manmohan Singh Government over its oft-repeated claims that nuclear energy was of paramount importance to the country at this jucture. ''If it is so, the government must tell the nation what will be the total quantum of power (in m.w.) generation after the agreement, when the new reactors will start generating power and what will be the cost of nuclear energy in terms of per unit of electricity?'' he asked.

He alleged that the government had been silent over these vital questions for the past three years.

Justifying the BJP's protest over the nuclear deal, Mr Javadekar said the party wanted a strategic partnership with the US, ''but what the UPA has achieved is strategic subservience.'' While the five established nuclear weapon states had offered only 11 facilities out of their total 400 facilities for inspection, India had agreed to place 14 reactors and 21 other institutes under perpetual inspection, he asserted.


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