To enter the international mainstream civil nuclear commerce, a top United States official said India should consult the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear liability law as a means to ensure the objective.

“While we understand that India’s law is currently being examined by the courts, we believe that consultations with the IAEA would be useful as a means to ensure that the liability law accomplishes our shared objective of moving India into the international mainstream of civil nuclear commerce,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Geoffrey Pyatt has said. In his remarks to the Pillsbury NEI Nuclear Export Controls Seminar in Washington, Mr. Pyatt identified the nuclear liability law as a major challenge in implementing the “historic” India-U.S. civilian nuclear deal. A copy of his remarks was released by the State Department on Friday. “India’s nuclear liability law is not in line with the international nuclear liability principles reflected in the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage,” he said.

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