Saturday, July 19, 2008

Three top scientists caution on deal

Three top scientists caution on deal

Sandeep Dikshit

NEW DELHI: Three of the country's top nuclear scientists have said
that once the nuclear deal is in place, India's commercial nuclear
interaction with other countries will be "firmly controlled" by
Washington through the Hyde Act enforced through the U.S.
"stranglehold" on the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The scientists — P. K. Iyengar (former chairman, Atomic Energy
Commission), A. Gopalakrishnan (former Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
chief) and A.N. Prasad (former Bhabha Atomic Research Centre Director
— have written a letter of appeal to Members of Parliament (MPs) on
the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear cooperation and pointed out several
lacunae in the draft safeguards agreement with the International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

"We are strongly of the opinion that the government should not seek
the IAEA Board's approval for the current draft safeguards agreement
until its implications are debated more fully within the country and
with a group of experts who were not party to the IAEA negotiations,"
they observed, adding that analysts had convincingly refuted the
government's main reason for pushing the deal — energy security to the

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