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India to Join Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty


Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says there is no question that New Delhi will join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, adding that nuclear weapons are an integral part of its national security.

Mr. Singh told an international conference on the peaceful use of atomic energy in New Delhi Tuesday that India's nuclear energy industry is poised for major expansion. He said this will sharply reduce its dependence on foreign oil and help global efforts to combat climate change.

The Indian leader also criticized the existing global non-proliferation program, saying it has failed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

His comments follow a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on all countries to sign the treaty.

The Indian leader said that if global non-proliferation is to be successful, it should be universal, comprehensive and non-discriminatory, and should be linked to the goal of complete nuclear disarmament.

The New Delhi conference also focused on nuclear disarmament. The head of International Atomic Energy Agency (Mohamed ElBaradei) praised plans by the United States and Russia to resume talks on reducing their nuclear arsenals. He said this could contribute to efforts to rid the world of suc

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