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Britain Lifts Nuke Sanctions On India

Last month, the Bush administration recognized India as a responsible nuclear power and agreed to supply it with civilian nuclear technology.

New Delhi (UPI) Aug 11, 2005
Britain has lifted nuclear sanctions on India, becoming the first country to respond positively to an India-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement signed last month.

"As the first country to respond positively to India-U.S. nuclear deal, the Blair government notified parliament Wednesday about significant changes in its laws regarding exports of dual-use technologies to India," The Times of India newspaper said Thursday.

Under the relaxed rules, applications for items under the dual-use list of the Nuclear Suppliers Group will now be allowed to India and Pakistan on a case-by-case basis and only when their end-use will be in a civilian facility safeguarded by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

India and Pakistan acquired nuclear weapons in 1998. Last month, the Bush administration recognized India as a responsible nuclear power and agreed to supply it with civilian nuclear technology.

"Applications for other licensable items, even those under weapon of mass destruction end-use controls will be opened on case-by-case basis," said an Indian Foreign Ministry source Thursday.

The criteria for considering these licenses will be clear end-user certification that they will be used in safeguarded nuclear fuel cycles and not in weapons programs.

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Pakistan Test-Fires First Ground-Launched Cruise Missile
Islamabad (AFP) Aug 11, 2005
Pakistan successfully test-fired Thursday its first ever ground-launched cruise missile, which is capable of carrying nuclear warheads, the military said.







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