India and Japan Sign Civil Nuclear Deal

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India Japan Nuclear Deal

A landmark civil nuclear energy agreement has bee signed between India and Japan in Tokyo after six years off talks. The deal will allow Japan to export nuclear power equipment and technology to India.

In addition to the nuclear deal, the two nations have agreed to increase cooperation in engineering and manufacturing. The deal has a separate “nullification clause” that will cancel the pact if India conducts a nuclear test – a guarantee for Japan to limit its technology for peaceful and commercial purposes.

Vikas Swarup, India’s Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, tweeted that it was a landmark deal for a cleaner, greener world. “Without doubt, our destinies are interlinked,” he said.

The agreement leads to India virtually taking part in the international regime and it matches with the country’s stance to promote nonproliferation and a world without nuclear weapons.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • There has been political resistance to the deal in Japan, especially after the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 2011.
  • Other nations have signed civil nuclear deals with India – including France, Australia and the United States.
  • The two nations have agreed to explore plans to build high-speed rail lines in India based on Japan’s bullet train technology.

“This agreement is a legal framework which will ensure India will take a responsible action regarding the peaceful use of nuclear energy.”

The two leaders also underscored the rising importance of the Indo-Pacific region as a key driver for prosperity in the world, according to a joint statement released by India’s Ministry of External Affairs.

Original Source: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/11/world/india-japan-nuclear-deal/index.html

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