U.S. Congress for killer clause in Nuclear Suppliers Group guidelines

If the United States Congress has its way, Washington will insist that the Nuclear Suppliers Group’s amended guidelines include a stipulation that a violation by India of any of its agreements with one supplier country should lead to the cancellation of cooperation with every other.

In their background report attached to the final version of the U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation Act, the conferees — the three Senators and three Congressmen tasked with reconciling the Senate and House versions of the draft law — dwelt at length on the possibility that India might turn to other countries for supplies because of the onerous conditions attached to U.S. nuclear transfers to India.

Apart from urging the Executive to persuade other NSG countries to harmonise their nuclear export provisions for India with those of the U.S., the conferees said the U.S. must “seek agreement among NSG members that violations by one country of an agreement with any NSG member should result in joint action by all members, including, as appropriate, the termination of nuclear exports”.

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