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Think twice before fuelling Indian nukes: Greens

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 18 Nov 2006

The Greens have warned the Howard Government against uranium exports to India, after the United States Senate approved a nuclear deal between India and the US.

"The pressure will now come on Canberra to ramp up uranium exports to India, a nuclear weapons state which refuses to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty," said Senator Rachel Siewert.

"With current tensions around the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran, Australia should be leading the charge for nuclear non-proliferation. Instead, the Howard Government will now be tempted to sell uranium to India in violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty."

"There is very little distinction in India between civil and military nuclear technology, and India is only guaranteeing inspections of 14 of it's 22 reactors to the US. The Government needs to think very carefully about whether it wants uranium from South Australia and the Northern Territory inside Indian nuclear weapons."

"Instead of increasing exports of uranium to fuel the dangerous and outdated nuclear industry, Australia should be getting a share of the booming renewable energy export market," Senator Siewert said.

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