Tuesday, February 07, 2006

One step forward, two steps back

While the government deserves kudos for its stance on Iran, a major problem is cropping up on the nuke deal front.

The Indian Express quoted Chairman of India’s Atomic Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar as saying that Washington’s request for placing specific nuclear facilities on the civilian programme amounts to changing the goalpost.

Kakodkar wants the fast breeder reactor programme, all facilities at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the uranium-enrichment facilities off Mysore exempted from the civilian list.

This, he said, is mandatory for both long-term energy security and maintaining the minimum credible deterrent.

His statements carry weight because he runs the department that ultimately handles India's nuke ambitions.

The statements drew the PMO's ire, which communicated to him that it would have been more appropriate had he waited for the Prime Minister to make a statement in Parliament.

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