DAE clarifies report questioning effectiveness of nuke export

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Mumbai, Sep 20 (UNI) The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has clarified reports appearing in a section of the media, both domestic and international, questioning the effectiveness of the country's nuclear related export control regime and control of classified information.

In a release here, the DAE, referring also to allegations that in certain instances items required for India's nuclear programme had been imported using illegal means, said, ''These reports are based on inadequate understanding of realities.'' ''The timing of these stories is not surprising,'' the release said in an indirect reference to the US Congress debating the 123 agreement to pave the way for operationalisation of Indo-US nuclear deal.

With regards to suggestions of leaks of design information relating to centrifuge components, the release said sensitive technologies developed in Indian nuclear installations were controlled strictly with adequate security arrangements. ''While we do get specific individual processing steps done through Indian industry following prescribed procedures, it is ensured that the information contained in the tender documents do not compromise technology control requirements,'' it said, adding that these documents were controlled documents and were to be used only for the purpose specified and returned after use.

The release said the drawing referred to in one media report, said to be related to manufacture of gas centrifuges, was a convoluted tube having a variety of applications where flexibility was required. By this drawing alone, no sensitive information is revealed.

With regard to procurement of TriButyl Phosphate, the DAE said it was not a controlled item in the Nuclear Suppliers' Group list and guidelines. Sustained Research and Development efforts had led to the development of indigenous capabilities, including facilities under DAW, for manufacturing it. In certain instances, procurement had been made from other Indian firms also producing it, the release added.

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