Foreign Policy Watch: India-Japan

Deal or no deal? India, Japan wrangle over N-pact note I


  1. Indian and Japanese officials continued to wrangle over the legality of a document signed as part of the recent nuclear deal
  2. The document indicates a link between nuclear testing and the cancellation of the deal
  3. Indian view: Government sources say the document is “not legally binding”
  4. Japanese view: The document had been signed by the nuclear negotiators in the presence of PM’s Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi, and hence “legally binding.”
  5. The note in question contains contentious clauses that effectively allow Japan to invoke an “emergency” suspension of supplies if India were to test a nuclear weapon
  6. It could also contest any compensation claims from India in court

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