Rethinking the India Nuclear Technology Transfer Deal
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Henry Kelly
Michael Krepon
Leonard Weiss

 

Rethinking the India Nuclear Technology Transfer Deal

On Wednesday, 14 June 2006, FAS will release a letter supported by a community of Nobel Laureates that announces its opposition to the current Indian nuclear cooperation deal at a free and public event to the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

In March 2006, President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Singh agreed to a nuclear deal that would allow the import of nuclear technology into India in exchange for bringing some part of India’s nuclear industry under international inspection.  President Bush claims that the agreement brings India at least part way into the fold of the Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

While the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) believes there are a hundred different areas in which the United States and India could, and should, establish closer ties, this nuclear agreement isn’t it.  The event will include a panel of experts that will discuss the administration’s lack of an overall plan for dealing with nuclear weapons proliferation in a world with ever increasing civilian nuclear power. Comments by panelists will be followed by a 20-minute period of questions from the audience.   

FAS was founded 60 years ago to encourage international openness and control of nuclear industry and to fight for nuclear disarmament. The Federation recognizes that the Indian nuclear deal is not simply a problem of one agreement with one country, rather the United States has a critical role in setting the direction for the future of nuclear power and nuclear proliferation across the world.  Most of the world’s nuclear weapons are a legacy of the Cold War and held by the United States and Russia. The United States cannot continue to treat nuclear weapons as militarily useful and politically salient while expecting to stop global nuclear proliferation.  The Indian nuclear deal is just one symptom of a bigger problem.
                                   
SPEAKERS:   

    • Henry Kelly, President, Federation of American Scientists
    • Michael Krepon, Co-founder and President Emeritus of the Henry L. Stimson Center
    • Len Weiss, Consultant and former Staff Director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs

                  

The FAS event is free and open to the public. A lite lunch will be available at 1:30 pm EDT followed by welcome remarks at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, 14 June in the Lisagor Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045. For directions please visit - http://npc.press.org/abouttheclub/maps.cfm.

WHO:
The Federation of American Scientists (www.fas.org)
WHAT:
India Nuclear Technology Transfer Deal
WHEN:
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 June 2006
WHERE:
The National Press Club
Lisagor Room
 529 14th Street, NW
 Washington, DC 20045 
Directions

The FAS event is free and open to the public. A lite lunch will be available at 1:30 pm EDT followed by welcome remarks at 2:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, 14 June in the Lisagor Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045. For directions please visit - http://npc.press.org/abouttheclub/maps.cfm.

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