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One World or None – Briefing on the US-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

One World or None – Briefing on the US-India Nuclear Cooperation Agreement
10-17-2007

Author: Monica Amarelo

Type: Story Ideas for Reporters


The Federation of American Scientists will host a press event at its headquarters on the proposed nuclear technology transfer agreement between the United States and India. Now that India appears to be pulling away from the deal, what will the next steps be for the U.S.?
 
FAS President Henry Kelly will join Congressman Ed Markey to host a news briefing at 9:00 am EDT on Thursday, 18 October, in Washington, DC. Light food and beverages will be provided for reporters.
 
This briefing is part of FAS’s mission to provide sound advice on U.S. nuclear policies.
 
The event will take place at FAS, 1725 DeSales Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, DC (Farragut North Metro Stop – red line). To attend please RSVP with Monica Amarelo, 202-454-4680, mamarelo@fas.org.
 
General Background:
U.S. – India Nuclear Technology Transfer Agreement
In August 2007, new language for the transfer of nuclear technology and equipment between the United States and India was released. The new agreement fails to constrain India’s nuclear weapons program and makes it clear that the weapons program is off the table and not to affect the agreement’s execution.
 
In summary, there isn’t much of a deal here at all.
 
On Wednesday, 14 June 2006, FAS held an event at the National Press Club to release a letter signed by Nobel Laureates to announce its opposition to the Indian nuclear cooperation deal.  While FAS believes there are many areas in which the United States and India could, and should, establish closer ties, this nuclear agreement isn’t it. http://fas.org/intt2006/
 
To learn more, please visit the Strategic Security Blog to find analysis by FAS Vice President of Strategic Security Ivan Oelrich (See http://www.fas.org/blog/ssp/).
 
One World or None
Reporters will receive a copy of the 1947 New York Times best-seller One World or None. FAS revived the classic anti-nuke text written by scientists who participated in the Manhattan Project, including five Nobel Prize recipients. The series of essays were originally published after the discovery of the atomic bomb and are every bit as relevant to U.S. nuclear issues now.
 
For a world that has witnessed the destruction of nuclear weapons – and which still lives with the threat of nuclear disaster – the questions of more than 60 years ago are the same we ask today: How are atomic bombs different from all weapons that preceded them? What implications does splitting the atom have for world peace? Is there an effective defense against nuclear weapons?
 
Event Hosts & Speakers:
 
Representative Edward J. Markey, Congress of the United States
Henry C. Kelly, President, Federation of American Scientists
Ivan Oelrich, Vice President of Strategic Security, Federation of American Scientists
 
WHAT:           Briefing on US – India Nuclear Deal
                       
WHEN:          18 October 2007
                        8:30 a.m. breakfast
                        9:00 a.m. remarks
 
WHERE:        Federation of American Scientists
                        Conference Room
                        1725 DeSales Street, NW
                        6th Floor
                        Washington, DC 20036
 
                        Farragut North Metro Stop (Red Line)
 
MEDIA NOTE: Space is limited and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Breakfast is scheduled prior to opening remarks at 9:00 a.m., and reporters can RSVP with Monica Amarelo at 202-454-4680 or mamarelo@fas.org.
 
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The Federation of American Scientists (www.fas.org) was formed in 1945 by atomic scientists from the Manhattan Project. Endorsed by 68 Nobel Laureates in biology, chemistry, economics, medicine and physics as sponsors, FAS has addressed a broad spectrum of national security issues in carrying out its mission to promote humanitarian uses of science and technology. Today, FAS projects study nuclear arms control and global security; biosecurity; conventional arms transfers; proliferation of weapons of mass destruction; information technology for human health; and government information policy. The FAS Building Technology Project combines the talents of engineers and energy specialists to develop new materials and design methods that will lead to safe, energy-efficient, affordable homes in the U.S. and abroad. The FAS Learning Technologies Project works to harness the potential of emerging information technologies to improve how people teach and learn.
 
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