Japan Deal Signals India’s Nuclear Normalization, but With Limits

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a joint press conference, Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 11, 2016 (AP photo by Franck Robichon).
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a joint press conference, Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 11, 2016 (AP photo by Franck Robichon).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Japan last month saw the conclusion of an India-Japan nuclear deal that had long been in the works. Not so many years ago, that development would have elicited major international reaction, given India’s status as a nonsignatory of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The lack of such reaction to the latest bilateral agreement is perhaps due to the fact that India already has 14 such deals in place, with a list of countries that includes the United States, Russia and France. Nevertheless, that India became the first non-NPT country to firm up such […]

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