El-Baradei on nuclear safeguards

Mohamed El-Baradei wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post today. He speaks of the current crisis as:

Which brings us to a current controversy — the recent agreement between President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh regarding the exchange of nuclear technology between the United States and India.

Of course, we mentioned this earlier today in our profile of Shashi Tharoor. We said that his country's position outside the NPT could hurt Tharoor and limit his chances as a candidate. However, that's not why we thought this interesting. It's this:

The U.S.-India agreement is a creative break with the past that, handled properly, will be a first step forward for both India and the international community. India will get safe and modern technology to help lift more than 500 million people from poverty, and it will be part of the international effort to combat nuclear terrorism and rid our world of nuclear weapons.

He's talking about new solutions to safeguarding materials. He also recognizes that the US and India can find a way to cooperate on security and development, but that these systems may require "a great deal of outside-of-the-box thinking, and a sense of realism."

Perhaps with some of this, we can get past the blockages in the GA. Just a thought.

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