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India Ratifies IAEA Additional Protocol
Jun 24, 2014

Signalling the continuity of policy, the new government has ratified the Additional Protocol, a commitment given under the Indo-US nuclear deal by the previous dispensation to grant greater ease to IAEA to monitor India's civilian atomic programme. The Additional Protocol has been conveyed to the Vienna-based IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), the global watchdog of nuclear activities.

The IAEA had in March 2009 approved an additional protocol to India's safeguards agreement consequent to a pact reached with the agency the previous year to place its civilian nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards.

That agreement had paved the way for the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to grant India-specific waiver for it to have commercial relations with other countries in the civilian atomic field.The waiver was necessary as India, despite being a nuclear-armed state, is not a signatory to the NPT.

The ratification is a signal by the Indian government to the world, particularly the USA, that it is serious in continuing to implement the Indo-US nuclear deal. India wants to send a strong signal to the international community that it is a serious and responsible nuclear weapon state amid its keenness to become a member of the NSG.

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