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NSG waiver marks the end of India's decades-long isolation from nuclear mainstream: PM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Sept 6, IRNA
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While welcoming the decision of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to adjust its guidelines to enable full civil nuclear cooperation with India, Prime Minister Dr Mahmohan Singh Saturday said, "It is a recognition of India's impeccable non-proliferation credentials and its status as a state with advanced nuclear technology."

In a statement, the prime minister said it marks the end of India's decades-long isolation from the nuclear mainstream and of the technology denial regime.

He said that it is a recognition of India's impeccable non-proliferation credentials and its status as a state with advanced nuclear technology.

Dr. Singh also thanked the United States and other members of the NSG for playing a significant role in ensuring this outcome.

Meanwhile, Manmohan Singh and President Bush today spoke to each other on telephone. The prime minister thanked President Bush for his role in taking forward the civil nuclear initiative and the decision by the Nuclear Suppliers Group to adjust its guidelines to enable full civil nuclear cooperation between India and the international community.

The two leaders expressed their belief that mutually beneficial relations between India and the United States were in the interest of their peoples, and were on a path of steady consolidation and multifaceted expansion, to which both leaders reiterated their commitment.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that the final outcome fully meets India's expectations and it will open a new chapter in India's cooperation with other countries in peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

The 34-year ban on nuclear commerce with India has ended. In a major success for New Delhi, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on Saturday granted a crucial waiver to India, lifting the ban imposed after the 1974 Pokharan nuclear tests. The unprecedented decision of the 45-nation nuclear group came after 2 days of talks and an unscheduled meeting in Vienna on Saturday.

NSG's landmark decision gives exemption to India, which has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). It is expected to lead to the implementation of the Indo-US nuclear deal that will now go to the US Congress for approval.

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