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Report faults India’s nonproliferation record
WASHINGTON - India circumvents other countries’ export controls and leaks sensitive technology in procuring materials for its nuclear programs, according to a report by former UN weapons inspector David Albright.
Remind me, isn't he the one who found Saddam's WMD?
The Indian Embassy dismissed the report as “baseless.”
"Lies! All lies!"
The report, released on Friday, challenges a central US argument in favour of a landmark US-India nuclear deal: that India has such an impeccable record of protecting technology it can be trusted with US and other foreign nuclear materiel.

Albright, a physicist who heads the Institute for Science and International Security, said he had “uncovered a well-developed and secret Indian program to outfit its uranium enrichment program and circumvent other countries’ export control efforts.” The report, co-authored by researcher Susan Basu, said when India seeks bids for nuclear-related equipment, it allows prospective suppliers to buy blueprints and manufacturing instructions for a particular item. Company officials could then sell the item or related technology to other customers.

“That’s what we think is new, that you could go buy some centrifuge design information through the Indian procurement system,” Albright told Reuters in an interview. “This is not a normal way of doing business. It’s a very irresponsible way to handle sensitive information,” he added.
Except that now we have a tool with which to start leveraging the Indians. If they want our civilian nuke technology, they have to play ball with us on stuff like this. We didn't have that until GWB negotiated a deal with the Indians.
Indian Embassy spokesman Venu Rajamony told Reuters, “This so-called report is ridiculous and filled with all kinds of baseless charges.”

He noted that Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, welcomed the agreement as a milestone to consolidate the nonproliferation regime and that the White House praised India as having a strong nonproliferation record.

The Bush administration on Thursday asked the US Congress to begin implementing the deal by changing US laws to permit nuclear sales to India, ending a three-decades-old ban. The 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group, who oversees nuclear transfers, also must change its rules.
Posted by:Steve White

#3  Hmm.. tenders issued by a state owned comapnay, published in Indian newspapers are secret design documents?

Indian "proliferation" consists of foreigners reading Indian newspapers and collecting information from advertisements?

No wonder Albright couldn't find WMD in Iraq, he's clueless.
Posted by: john   2006-03-12 09:51  

#2  If this is the best they can come up with, India must be doing a pretty good job.

Or maybe they're just pathetic.

Or both.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble   2006-03-12 07:53  

#1  Unlike, Pakistan, China and Russia who sell the equipment.

Otherwise, we have an opinion from someone who thinks providing detailed specs to suppliers is not "a normal way of doing business".
Posted by: phil_b   2006-03-12 06:10