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India placed 10 nuke reactors for IAEA review: Chavan

India has placed 10 of its nuclear reactors for review by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as per the safeguard agreement reached with the UN monitoring body.



New Delhi: India has placed 10 of its
nuclear reactors for review by the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) as per the safeguard agreement reached with the
UN monitoring body.

"In accordance with the Separation Plan, so far 10
nuclear power reactors have been placed for review under the
agreement between the government and IAEA for the Application
of Safeguards to Civilian Nuclear Facilities signed in
February 2009," Minister of State for Science and Technology
Prithviraj Chavan informed Lok Sabha.
India signed the key safeguards agreement with the
International Atomic Energy Agency to allow inspection of
additional civilian reactors, clearing the decks for supply of
atomic fuel and technology by the international community.

Chavan said the agreements between India and various
countries on peaceful use of nuclear energy were to be
implemented as per agreed terms and that "no hurdles were
foreseen in their implementation".

On the progress of talks between India and the US on
nuclear fuel reprocessing, he told Lok Sabha that "India
agreed to establish a new national reprocessing facility
dedicated to reprocessing safeguarded nuclear material under
IAEA standards.

"Article 6(iii) of the Agreement for Cooperation calls
for consultations on agreements and procedures within one
year," the minister said.
In March 2009, he said, the US responded to India`s
request invoking Article 6(iii) on arrangements and procedures
confirming that the first round of formal consultations would
commence no later than August 3, 2009 and that final
agreements and procedures to be reached on or before August
3, 2010.

"The text has been finalised in the last round of
negotiations (between India and the US) held from March 2 to 4
this year," Chavan said.

PTI

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