New Delhi: India and the US have finalized negotiations on arrangements and procedures for reprocessing of American-origin spent nuclear fuel, a key step for implementation of the historic civil nuclear deal signed in September 2008.
The negotiations were held as per a clause in the 123 Agreement that mandated India to set up a dedicated reprocessing facility under IAEA safeguards where the spent nuclear fuel from the US could be reprocessed.
“The United States and India have taken an important step toward implementing civil nuclear cooperation by completing negotiations on ‘arrangements and procedures´ for reprocessing US-origin spent nuclear fuel,” the State Department said in a statement.
Under the 123 Agreement, negotiations on reprocessing were to be started six months after the signing of 123 Agreement and concluded within a year thereafter.
Accordingly, the negotiations were started in August last year and completed well in advance.
“The United States of America and the Republic of India are close to completing an historic partnership on civil nuclear cooperation, an issue of global significance. The two countries have finalized negotiations on arrangements and procedures for reprocessing US-origin spent nuclear fuel,” US ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer said while making the announcement in a statement.
The completion of these arrangements would facilitate participation of US firms in India’s rapidly-expanding civil nuclear sector, the State Department said.