Governors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog approved an inspections plan for India on Friday, a key step towards finalising a U.S.-Indian nuclear cooperation deal, diplomats in the closed meeting said.
The accord would open up to India the world market in atomic materials and technology for civilian use, but is controversial since New Delhi has conducted nuclear test explosions and never joined the global Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
With the go-ahead from International Atomic Energy Agency governors, India will now seek a waiver from 45 nuclear supplier nations allowing trade with a non-NPT country, then ratification from the U.S. Congress, to finalise the deal.
Under the agreement, India will allow the United Nations nuclear watchdog to monitor activities at 14 of the country's civilian nuclear reactors.
In return, the United States will share nuclear technology with India, which must also win an unprecedented waiver from the 45-member Nuclear Suppliers Group to allow trade in sensitive nuclear material.
The United States, Israel and other Western nations say they believe Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb. Iran insists its uranium enrichment program is intended only for energy generation.
Indian activists, gathered and shouted against proposed India-US nuclear deal in Calcutta.
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