Melbourne:Australia on Tuesday ruled out the prospect of selling uranium to India, saying its stand on the issue remains unchanged as the country is a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Australian trade minister Simon Crean ruled out a change in the policy. “There is no prospect for a change,” he told reporters in Canberra.
“We have consistently said, made this clear to India that we, because of our policy cannot supply to countries that are non-signatories to the non proliferation treaty,” he was quoted as saying by AAP.
The report quoted commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma stating India needed uranium to secure the “clean” energy source for its population.
Despite the fact Australia sells uranium only to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatories, Sharma said India had a good record on the issue and should be helped in its goal to cut greenhouse gases.