‘Don’t expect India to sign NPT in present form’

Last Updated: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 18:41

New Delhi: IAEA Director General Mohammad
ElBaradei has said that he does not expect India to sign the
Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) but feels Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) could be more "acceptable".

"I do not expect India to sign the NPT in its present
form...Maybe the CTBT would be more acceptable," he told
a private news channel.
His remarks assume significance in the wake of the United
Nations Security Council adopting a resolution asking all
non-NPT states, including India, to sign the NPT.

India has made it clear that it will not sign the pact as
a non-weapon state as atomic arsenals are integral to its
security.

The chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) said India has to lead efforts for complete nuclear
disarmament, an idea it first mooted as far back as in 1948.
ElBaradei, who received the Indira Gandhi Prize for
Peace, said the world was looking to India for the future of
nuclear energy research and development, according to a press
release issued by the news channel.

On reports of Iran developing a secret uranium enrichment
plant, he said that Tehran was "on the wrong side of the law"
by not declaring its plans when construction began.

"Iran has been on the wrong side of the law in so far as
the IAEA regulation to inform the agency at an earlier date,"
ElBaradei said.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 18:41

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