Mumbai: Seeking a broad-based template for India-specific safeguards with IAEA, a follow-up to the civil nuclear deal with the US, the country’s negotiators will hold the second round of talks with the international atomic watchdog in Vienna next week.
“The second round of talks will be held next week by the Indian negotiators towards finalizing the broad-based template for India-specific safeguards agreement,” Atomic Energy Department officials said here.
The first round of talks with IAEA concluded last month. It is expected that after two more rounds, the desired template should be ready, they said.
The move would enable the US to initiate talks with 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for getting exemptions for India to start nuclear commerce. After this the deal, enabling 123 Agreement, will again go to the US Congress for a vote.
New Delhi has made it very clear it will not sign any pact with IAEA before the Indo-US nuclear deal is signed.
Till then, this template will be kept on hold, the officials said, adding “once the deal is done, we will go to IAEA’s Board of Governors for further approval before formally signing an agreement with the agency.”
“After the Indo-US nuclear deal is signed, the same template could be made adaptable for any country doing civil nuclear commerce with India,” they said.
The purpose of this exercise is to assure the global community that India will not be diverting any of the imported material for strategic purposes, they added.