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Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 22, 2005

U.S.-India Civilian Nuclear Cooperation

The United States has established a global partnership with India which encourages India’s emergence as a positive force on the world scene. The U.S. and India have agreed that India should receive the benefits and accept all the responsibilities of the world’s leading states with advanced nuclear technology, concurrent with its enhanced nonproliferation commitments and in the context of its growing energy needs. The agreement to reach full civil nuclear cooperation brings India into the international nonproliferation mainstream. It opens new doorways for a cleaner and more secure global energy future. It makes the United States an essential partner as India normalizes its rising position in the community of nations.

India will assume the same responsibilities and practices as other countries with advanced nuclear programs, and has agreed to:

  • Identify and separate civilian and military nuclear facilities and programs and file an IAEA declaration regarding its civilian facilities;
  • Place voluntarily its civilian nuclear facilities under IAEA safeguards;
  • Sign and adhere to an Additional Protocol with respect to civilian nuclear facilities;
  • Continue its unilateral moratorium on nuclear testing;
  • Work with the U.S. for the conclusion of a multilateral Fissile Material Cut Off Treaty;
  • Refrain from the transfer of enrichment and reprocessing technologies to states that do not have them and support efforts to limit their spread; and
  • Secure nuclear materials and technology through comprehensive export control legislation and adherence to the Missile Technology Control Regime and Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The United States has reciprocally promised that the Administration will:

  • Seek agreement from Congress to adjust U.S. laws and policies;
  • Work with friends and allies to adjust international regimes to enable full civil nuclear energy cooperation and trade with India; and
  • Consult with partners on India’s participation in the fusion energy consortium ITER and support India’s part in work to develop advanced nuclear reactors.

Indian commitments to uphold central nonproliferation norms pave the way forward for expanded cooperation in the civil nuclear sphere. The agreement strengthens energy security and promotes the development of stable and efficient energy markets in India to ensure adequate, affordable energy supplies. These actions firmly align the U.S. with the world’s largest democracy.



Released on July 22, 2005

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