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US withdraws tracking clause, Indo-US nuke deal settled

NEW DELHI: Indo-US have brokered Nuclear deal as  the US has accepted to withdraw the tracking clause which allowed America to keep a tab on nuclear reactors installed by US companies in India, Indian media reported.

On the first day of US President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to India, the two countries reached a landmark agreement that may unblock billions of dollars of potential trade in nuclear energy.

The breakthrough came after the US reportedly agreed to withdraw a tracking clause, which empowers the US to track the whereabouts of the nuclear material they supply.

India was of the view that the demand is intrusive, especially in view of the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which are in place.

India and the US had signed a civilian nuclear deal in 2008. India’s reluctance to pass legislation shielding suppliers from liability in the event of a nuclear accident — a deviation from international norms — was also a deterrent to trade.

Indian and US officials were engaged in close consultations over the issue. Delhi had said it cannot change the law – but was willing to address US concerns within that framework, by offering an insurance pool which can cover supplier liability.

After holding informal talks while seated at the shamiana, the two leaders are walking back towards the Hyderabad House. They are scheduled to issue a joint statement and later jointly address the press.

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