New Delhi: India has taken up with Nuclear Suppliers Group and its member-countries the decision of the elite 46-member NSG to tighten transfer of Enrichment and Reprocessing (ENR) to countries that have not signed Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
As per NSG’s new guidelines, suppliers should not authorise the transfer of ENR facilities and equipment and technology if the recipient does not meet the various criteria, including the NPT, minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.
“India has raised this issue with NSG and its member- countries” she said.
The minister also said that with respect to the 2008 waiver of NSG, the US, France and Russia have clarified, in separate statements, their positions on the NSG decision and have reiterated commitment to full implementation of the respective bilateral agreements with India on cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Following their meeting in Netherlands on 23-24 June in 2011, NSG has published its new guidelines, which restrict the transfer of ENR equipment and technology to countries that have signed the NPT and have implemented a comprehensive safeguards agreement.
“Suppliers should exercise restraint in the transfer of sensitive facilities, technology and material usable for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. If enrichment or reprocessing facilities, equipment or technology are to be transferred, suppliers should encourage recipients to accept, as an alternative to national plants, supplier involvement and/or other appropriate multinational participation in resulting facilities.
“Suppliers should also promote international (including IAEA) activities concerned with multinational regional fuel cycle centres,” the NSG guidelines said.