A memorandum on civil nuclear cooperation was signed by prime ministers Modi of India and Abe of Japan, during the latter’s visit to India. The technical details and legal aspects to implement the pact will be decided by both sides later. The deal is Japan’s first nuclear cooperation pact with a non-NPT signatory state and reflects Tokyo’s trust on India’s non-proliferation record and voluntary moratorium on further nuclear tests reports Economic Times.
Speaking at a press conference after the event, Modi said, “The memorandum we signed on civil nuclear energy cooperation is more than just an agreement for commerce and clean energy. It is a shining symbol of a new level of mutual confidence and strategic partnership in the cause of a peaceful and secure world.”
In a statement, Abe noted that the final agreement on cooperation “will be signed after the technical details are finalized, including those related to the necessary internal procedures”. The signing of such an accord will enable India to import Japanese nuclear technology and services reports World Nuclear News.
The two prime ministers also affirmed their commitment to work toward India becoming a full member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.