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Gap exists between Tokyo, New Delhi over bilateral atomic cooperation treaty

  • January 6, 2016
  • , Asahi
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Asahi focused on last month’s agreement between PM Abe and his Indian counterpart Modi on signing a bilateral civil nuclear cooperation treaty, noting that although the envisaged pact will probably be officially sealed this year, the Indian government is cautious about the GOJ’s demand for stipulating assurances in the treaty text that Japan would suspend cooperation if New Delhi carries out a nuclear test. Pointing out that the Indian vice foreign minister will visit Tokyo starting today to work out this and other pending issues, the article said India appears to be reluctant to heed Japan’s request for adopting a stringent nonproliferation regime, including the nonuse of spent nuclear fuel for reprocessing at atomic plants to be built with Japanese assistance.    

 

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