How India Got the Bomb

Szulc, Tad
July 1978
New Republic;7/22/78, Vol. 179 Issue 4, p19
Focuses on the stand taken by the U.S. on India's illegal usage of the U.S. heavy water and Canadian equipment to build and explode nuclear devices. Criticism of U.S. President Jimmy Carter's approval of a 7.6 ton shipment of enriched uranium for the Tarapur nuclear power station near Bombay; Reference to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act passed by the U.S. Congress which provides that the U.S. exports of nuclear materials must be cut off within 18 months to any country that fails to accept full international safeguards; Focus on the 1963 agreement under which the U.S. committed itself to provide fuel for Tarapur for 30 years; Argument that an immediate halt of shipments to Tarapur would defeat diplomatic efforts to persuade India to accept international safeguards on other parts of its nuclear establishment.


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