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2006/05

IAEA Director General Welcomes U.S. and India Nuclear Deal

2 March 2006 |

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei welcomes the announcement of the nuclear cooperation agreement reached today between India and the United States.

"This agreement is an important step towards satisfying India´s growing need for energy, including nuclear technology and fuel, as an engine for development. It would also bring India closer as an important partner in the non-proliferation regime," he said. "It would be a milestone, timely for ongoing efforts to consolidate the non-proliferation regime, combat nuclear terrorism and strengthen nuclear safety."

"The agreement would assure India of reliable access to nuclear technology and nuclear fuel. It would also be a step forward towards universalisation of the international safeguards regime," Dr. ElBaradei said. "This agreement would serve the interests of both India and the international community."