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India proceeding on N-deals on basis of NSG waiver, says S M Krishna

Notwithstanding the resolution of G-8 countries on curbing transfer of enrichment and reprocessing technology, India on Thursday asserted that it was proceeding with bilateral civil nuclear deals with various countries on the basis of “clean waiver” granted by the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna also said that talks were on with the US on finalisation of locations for two American nuclear power plants.

“NSG has given India clean waiver. We are proceeding on the basis of clean waiver granted by the NSG,” he said when asked whether the resolution of G-8 nations earlier this month to curb transfer of ENR technology and items to non-NPT signatories would affect India’s nuclear cooperation.

He was talking to reporters while returning from Phuket in Thailand after attending the ASEAN-India and ASEAN Regional Forum meetings.

To a question, Krishna said talks are on between India and the US for selection of sites for two American nuclear plants in this country.

Significantly, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had said on Monday that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had told her about selection of two sites for the power plants.

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