*Yet another insightful guest post by Max Postman, intern-extraordinaire at the Center
Last week, the
According to the Hyde Act, nuclear cooperation with
And so it finally became clear this week how the testing issue was resolved: Indian Ambassador to the
Sen told The Tribune that India has been given "clear-cut assurances on fuel supplies [in the event of a nuclear test]…Asked if the U.S. had committed to working with its other allies to ensure a continued fuel supply to India if the U.S. cuts off its own supply, Sen said, "That is very clear.”
This would amount to an “extraordinary rendition” of nuclear fuel. An Indian nuclear test is unlikely, but if it does occur, it will almost certainly be under a new administration. The Bush administration—and now India—apparently expect a future president to moot American law on nuclear transfers in the same way the Bush administration stymied laws against torturing detainees: By enlisting another country to do what the law prevents them from doing directly.
This news also serves to illustrate the flimsiness of the Indian “moratorium” on nuclear testing.