South Africa ready to sell uranium to India

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) South Africa is ready to sell uranium to India and enhance civil nuclear cooperation, South African President Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe said here today.

''We support India's effort...We have absolutely no difficulty in selling uranium to India. That we will do without any difficulty,'' the South African President said at a press conference here after the Third India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit.

He was addressing the press conference jointly with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Brazilian President Lula Da Silva after their day-long Summit meeting.

The Brazilian President, however, did not reply to the question.

The three leaders underlined the importance of ensuring supply of safe, sustainable and non-polluting sources of energyto meet the rising global demand, particularly in developing contries.

They agreed that international civil nuclear cooperation, under appropriate IAEA safeguards, could be enhanced through ''acceptable and forward-looking approaches'' consistent with their respective national and international obligations.

They also welcomed the consensus decision of the IAEA and the NSG to allow India to conduct nuclear trade with the world.

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