For Immediate Release
Doctors say no to nuclear deal with India
The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) today urged the Australian Government to rule out export of Australian uranium to India.
“Are we seriously considering providing India, a known nuclear terror state, with the fuel to make more bombs? This prospect should frighten us all,” said Associate Professor Tilman Ruff, chair of ICAN and President of the Medical Association for the Prevention of War.
“India has produced nuclear weapons in blatant disregard for the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. They must not be rewarded with further fuel to make further weapons.
“We would be effectively heightening the risk of nuclear war between India and Pakistan or China.
“The Government can’t guarantee our uranium won’t be used for nuclear bomb-making. Safeguards could not prevent this. And, even if it is used for purely peaceful purposes, we’ll be freeing up domestic reserves for their weapons program.
“India has refused to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. The US-India deal opens the floodgates for further global nuclear proliferation.
“Australia must not blindly follow the US in a nuclear deal that will further undermine the entire non-proliferation regime” Assoc. Prof. Ruff concluded.
For further information and comment:
Associate Professor Tilman Ruff 0438 099 231