India-Japan nuclear deal becomes uncertain: report

09:23, March 15, 2011      

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The fate of proposed India- Japan nuclear deal has become uncertain following explosions at nuclear power plant in Japan in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami four days ago, said local daily The Tribune on Monday.

India and Japan have been negotiating a nuclear agreement since June last year.

The report quoted unnamed diplomatic sources as saying that the nuclear plant explosions in Japan could affect the deal that the two countries were considering to formally announce during Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's visit to India by the end of this year.

The report said that there is "apprehension" now that the Japanese government would come under renewed public pressure to reconsider its move to go in for an accord with India, which is not a signatory to the CTBT and NPT, two non-proliferation treaties under the auspices of the United Nations.

Moreover, India and Japan have been at odds over provisions attached to their civil nuclear cooperation pact, including the one that bans the transfer of "sensitive technology" from Japan that could be used to develop atomic weapon, according to the reports.

Source: Xinhua

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