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India gets crucial NSG waiver by consensus

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 6, IRNA
India-NSG Waiver-Consensus
India has got the crucial waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) by consensus.

This was disclosed by diplomats after a fresh round of unscheduled discussions of the NSG in Vienna on Saturday.

The revised draft presented at the meeting has undergone changes to address the concerns of a few countries. Diplomats said that External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's statement on moratorium on nuclear tests also figures in the statement that is to be issued later, PTI reported here.

The NSG met again after Friday's marathon parleys failed to produce a consensus. China also joined the countries having reservations over the move. Later, diplomats from 45 countries constituting the nuclear cartel engaged in hectic and tough negotiations.

They already had five rounds of deliberations that spilled over to wee hours of the day. Originally, the discussions were to conclude on the second day "Friday" but reports on Friday night said that the Chinese were unhappy over the draft and had joined Austria, New Zealand, Switzerland and Ireland in demanding further changes in the draft. These countries are keen that the draft should reflect consequences if India conducts nuclear tests again. But US acting Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, John Rood, was optimistic about the outcome.

The NSG waiver will enable India to have nuclear commerce with these countries.

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