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Tuesday, July 8, 2008
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UN nuclear agency sets India meeting

Diplomats say the International Atomic Energy Agency has scheduled a July 28 board meeting to approve the agency's nuclear rules for India.

The meeting is important because it will move New Delhi forward in its quest to put into action a landmark nuclear deal with the US.

Without so-called IAEA safeguards, India cannot hope to gain the business of countries exporting nuclear technology which are grouped in the Nuclear Suppliers Group. The NSG group is expected to meet within days after any IAEA board approval of the pact

The diplomats demanded anonymity in divulging the date of the meeting because their information was confidential and not yet formally announced by the Vienna-based agency.

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