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» July 19, 2011

Clinton Calls on India to Amend Atomic Trade Law

Global Security Newswire

Salehi and Amano

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday called on India to modify a domestic nuclear liability law that has dampened U.S. enthusiasm for engaging in atomic commerce with the developing South Asian nation.

The controversial Indian law caps nuclear reactor operator liability following an atomic incident to approximately $320 million and permits lawsuits against suppliers of atomic materials, technology and services -- a measure that conflicts with international norms.

Washington hopes that New Delhi will "tighten up" a bill to safeguard foreign parts manufacturers from lawsuits, arguing the measure it is considerably more strict than similar laws elsewhere in the world. "We need to resolve those issues that still remain so that we can reap the rewards of the extraordinary work that both of our governments have done," Clinton said during a visit to India this week. Full Article   

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