India, Japan agree on annual N-dialogue
In trying to build a greater understanding on nuclear issues, India and Japan agreed today to start an annual dialogue on nuclear matters under the framework of disarmament and non-proliferation.
From an Indian standpoint, this allows New Delhi to iron out differences in ways that could make for gaining greater international cooperation on civilian nuclear energy. Japan, as a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, will play a crucial role in decisions related to India when the grouping meets next, possibly in March.
‘‘The ministers agreed to launch a ... dialogue on disarmament and non-proliferation, with the objective of promoting commonalities and enlarging areas of convergence for mutual cooperation in a constructive manner,’’ a joint press release said.
The dialogue will also address issues linked with high technology trade. It will be conducted at the joint-secretary level and will take forward the resolve to work on areas of convergence in nuclear matters stated during Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi’s visit in April.