India and IAEA sign safeguards agreement
India on Monday signed a safeguards agreement with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to allow inspection of additional civilian reactors. This agreement heralds the lifting of a 34-year-old nuke trade embargo for supply of atomic fuel and technology by the international community.
The agreement for Application of Safeguards to Civilian Nuclear Facilities was signed by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and Indian Amabassador Saurabh Kumar.
The India-specific safeguards agreement (ISSA) was approved by the 35-member IAEA Board on August 1 last year.
The agreement with the IAEA facilitates the implementation of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal and allows the 45-member NSG to supply material and technology for India’s nuclear power programme.