India, South Korea sign nuclear deal

India, South Korea sign nuclear deal

New Delhi: India and South Korea have signed a civil nuclear cooperation agreement, the Indian foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday, paving the way for Seoul to export atomic power plants.

The pact, signed in Seoul after talks between visiting Indian President Pratibha Patil and her South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak, provides a legal framework for South Korean participation in India’s civil nuclear power production industry.

Lee termed the nuclear cooperation agreement as “historic" and “a milestone", demonstrating the strategic partnership between the two countries.

South Korea is now the ninth country to sign a nuclear agreement with India after the latter received a waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group in 2008. The other countries are the US, France, Russia, Canada, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Argentina and Namibia.