terror in delhi 10/29
Tuesday, February 28, 2006
  On nuclear testing moratorium
Via Rediff:
Undersecretary Robert Joseph replied that 'In principle, making new US law or waivers contingent on India fulfilling its commitments in the Joint Statement is a sound idea. As reflected in its pledge in the Joint Statement, India has already declared that it will maintain its nuclear testing moratorium.' On November 2, Joseph told the same committee that 'India's pledge to maintain its nuclear testing moratorium contributes to non-proliferation efforts by making its ending of nuclear explosive tests one of the conditions of full civil nuclear cooperation' (Emphasis added).
That means the equivalent of signing the CTBT, which even the US has not done. Even worse, the US keeps doing sub-critcal tests with the aid of sophisticated supercomputers, via ABC, Australia:
The Energy Department has confirmed the United States has carried out a subcritical nuclear experiment at an underground test site in Nevada on Thursday (local time). The test was aimed at gathering ''scientific data that provides crucial information to maintain the safety and reliability of... nuclear weapons without having to conduct underground nuclear tests,'' the department said.
Who knows, India is already there too, but it should be up to her to decide when to really stop testing. Now let us get back to discussing the civilian nuclear cooperation. And while we are on the subject a question to the non-proliferation ayatollahs, what are you doing about this:
China has, in principle, agreed to offer two more nuclear power plants worth about $1.2 billion to help meet Pakistan’s growing electricity requirements. “Initially China is expected to provide us two more nuclear plants of 325-MW each preferably in 2006. Later, we may get some more power plants from China if the US and west continue to hesitate in this behalf”, the official said.
Related post: Fast Breeder: Civil or Military or Both.
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