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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Japanese Are Onboard?

The Japanese moved quickly, after Bush signed the US-India Nuclear deal late last year, to amend NSG to include India proposing an NPT+regime.

"This NPT+Regime is only for India, not for North Korea or Iran. Once this regime is agreed (upon) and the NSG approves this, India will be allowed full access to nuclear fuel and nuclear technology," Japanese Ambassador to India Yasukuni Enoki said during a panel discussion 'Towards India-Japan Strategic and Global Partnership'. [Link]

However AP reports that Tokyo denies this!

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki also urged India to abandon its atomic weapons program, denying a newspaper report on Wednesday that Tokyo was mulling acknowledging India's nuclear possession....

"We will continue to seek the admission of India into the NPT as a non-nuclear weapons state." [Link]

Apparently they can't make up their minds. The Europeans and the Russians are presumably onboard. Let's see how Indian diplomats’ tackle Chinese hang over to get this amendment passed and give India de facto nuclear weapons state status.

Ashton Carter writes an update to his July/August 2006 Foreign Affairs article on the nuclear deal.

With the stroke of a pen, Bush reversed 30 years of U.S.-led nonproliferation policy, including efforts to punish India for conducting its first nuclear test after the NPT was signed.

Cross-posted on INI-Signal