India has taken a crucial step toward implementing a nuclear deal with
the United States by submitting a draft nuclear safeguards accord to
the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The IAEA said Wednesday the text had been sent to its 35-nation board
for approval. Board members now have to decide on a date for a special
meeting, which diplomats say could happen as early as the end of this
India must also obtain a waiver from the 45-nation Nuclear Supplier
Group, which expressed serious doubts about the deal because New Delhi
refused to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The proposed nuclear deal will give India access to civilian nuclear
technology. But New Delhi will have to separate its civilian and
military nuclear programs and allow international inspectors into the