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The NSG Guidelines Changes: India Gets It Wrong

In a June 30th post, I wrote about the long-time coming changes to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) rules on enrichment and reprocessing technologies. Now Mark Hibbs at Carnegie has written a good synopsis of the evolution of the so-called “clean text”, the ultimately agreed-upon changes, and their implications.

Hibbs points out, for example, that India’s read of the impact of the changes in the guidelines vis a vis the U.S.-India nuclear deal is wrong. After the agreement, India shouted from the rooftops that the U.S. was going back on its pledge to provide civilian nuclear cooperation per the 2008 agreement and NSG exemption. Not so, says Hibbs. In fact, the U.S. had never intended to provide India with ENR technologies at all, nor did France and Russia, for that matter.

 

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Jodi Lieberman
Jodi Lieberman

Jodi Lieberman is a veteran of the arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear terrorism and nuclear safety trenches, having worked at the Departments of State, Energy and Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She has also served in an advisory capacity and as professional staff for several members of Congress in both the House and Senate as well as the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Jodi currently spends her time advocating for science issues and funding as the Senior Government Affairs Specialist at the American Physical Society. The views expressed in her posts are her views based on her professional experience but in way should be construed to represent those of her employer.

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