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IAEA approves India safeguards pact

IAEA approves India safeguards pact The Board of Governers of the UN nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today met in Vienna and approved the India-specific safeguards pact.

Mohamed ElBaradei ,chief of IAEA said a basic inspection plan for India met safeguards standards and modalities have been worked out on a system of extended checks.

India would now seek a waiver from 45 nuclear supplier nations allowing trade with a non-NPT country, then ratification from the US Congress, to finalise the deal.

The accord would open up to India the world market in atomic materials and technology for civilian use.

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