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Archive for October 1st, 2007

Kyrgyzstan Joins the Nuclear Smuggling Outreach Initiative

Posted by K.E. White on October 1, 2007

From the Associated Press:

Kyrgyzstan on Sunday signed on to a U.S. program to curb nuclear smuggling, becoming the fourth former Soviet state to join the initiative.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ednan Karabayev signed an agreement that will help the Central Asian nation improve its capability to prevent, detect and respond to the smuggling of dangerous nuclear and radioactive material.

Kyrgyzstan

The deal commits Washington and Bishkek to taking 20 steps, including police and border security guard training, setting up radiation sensors and preparing an inventory of nuclear material in Kyrgyzstan, to combat growing concerns about the illicit trade.

What is The Nuclear Smuggling Outreach Initiative? In short: a State Department initiative to conclude tailored action plans with other countries “to prevent, detect, and respond to incidents of nuclear smuggling.”

The initiative represents the Bush administration’s preference for county-specific agreements when it comes to WMD concerns. The US-India nuclear represents this approach, as does the Proliferation Security Initiative. While these deals can be easier to implement, they lead to legitimacy problems: with deals enshrining different standards for different countries, and lacking the inertia of multinational agreements such as the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

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Update: US-India Nuclear Deal

Posted by K.E. White on October 1, 2007

The Communist Party of India is set to hash out nuclear differences with Prime Minister Singh on October 5th. Why is this news? The Communist Party is a leading partner of the UPA government, and cause a new round of elections over the US-India nuclear deal.

From Bloomberg news:

Members of the ruling coalition and the Communists are scheduled to meet on Oct. 5 to discuss concerns over the accord. The ruling coalition set up a special committee to examine the objections to the accord in a bid to pacify the Communist allies.

The government will consider the committee’s findings before the accord becomes operational, Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee said Aug. 30. India hasn’t yet held any formal talks with the IAEA.

Singh has put his ruling coalition at risk for the US-India nuclear deal. And it seems he might have difficulty winning over his communist coalition partners:

“We cannot compromise. Let us see what the Congress does and then we shall take a decision,” the 94-year-old Basu, considered the patriarch of India’s Left, was quoted as saying in the eastern city of Kolkata by the Press Trust of India.

Basu was speaking to reporters as he entered a meeting of the central committee meeting of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).

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