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No gain, only harm, in Australia selling uranium to India

uranium sales to India would do very little to expand Australia’s export revenue − which helps explain why the Australian Uranium Association supports the government’s policy of prohibiting uranium sales to countries that have not signed the NPT.

Selling uranium to India will do great damage, with little gain to Australia, The Age, Richard Broinowski, November 1, 2010 “…..India made no concessions whatsoever during the US-India deal − no commitment to curb its escalating nuclear weapons program, no commitment to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, no commitment to stop producing fissile material for weapons.

It would be naive to imagine Australia could win concessions from India that the US was unable to do……..nuclear trade with India would increase its capacity to produce weapons material and thus escalate the nuclear arms race with Pakistan: India and Pakistan are now expanding their nuclear weapons and missile programs……
under India’s agreement with the IAEA, safeguards will be tokenistic and apply only to that part of the nuclear program that India considers surplus to its military ”requirements”……

Beyond the Indian subcontinent, the sale of Australian uranium to India would signal to some of our major uranium customers, such as Japan and South Korea, that we do not take too seriously their own adherence to the NPT. They may as a result walk away from the NPT and develop nuclear weapons without necessarily fearing a cut-off of Australian supplies…..

uranium sales to India would do very little to expand Australia’s export revenue − which helps explain why the Australian Uranium Association supports the government’s policy of prohibiting uranium sales to countries that have not signed the NPT. If Australia supplied one-fifth of India’s current demand, uranium exports would increase by a measly 1.8 per cent…….
Few countries support the opening up of nuclear trade with countries that refuse to sign the NPT. The 118 countries of the Nonaligned Movement voiced objections during the NPT Review Conference in New York this year.

Prime Minister Gillard has a choice. She can stand with the vast majority of nations in upholding − and attempting to strengthen − the nuclear non-proliferation regime. Or she can stand with the wreckers − Julie Bishop included − and comfort herself with the thought that Australia’s uranium export revenue will increase by 1.8 per cent Selling uranium to India will do great damage, with little gain to Australia

October 31, 2010 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international, uranium | , , , , ,

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