Safer to sell uranium to India, says Australian minister
16 August 2007
Mumbai: Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer has rejected the suggestion that selling uranium to India would constitute a risk to global security, saying that on the contrary, selling uranium to India would, in fact, make the world a safer place.
"I don''t think there is a risk... I think the reverse in fact is the case, that the more you can get the Indian nuclear programme, civil nuclear programme under UN inspections under the UN protocols of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the better," he told an Australian radio channel.
"I think that creates a safer and more secure environment for those power stations. That it (India) has got nuclear weapons already, that is a done deal. They (India) don''t need Australian uranium for that, they''ve done it already," he said.
remarks came ahead of a decision by the Australian cabinet''s
national security committee on the issue of selling uranium
The committee is due to consider a proposal by Downer that Australia sell uranium to the India to help fuel its expanding nuclear power industry.
committee is expected to approve the proposal, making
a radical shift in Australia''s foreign policy, which prevents
uranium sales to countries that have not signed the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty, The Age reported.