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Japan backs nuke deal due to international consensus

September 08, 2008 14:15 IST

The Japanese government on Monday defended its clearance of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal saying it had backed the deal to join an international consensus taking a "comprehensive perspective".

"Japan [Images] has decided to join the consensus from a comprehensive viewpoint," chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura toldĀ media-persons on Monday saying nuclear power would help India fight global warming.

"It would be a tool to prevent the emission of a huge volume of green house gas as this emerging country of a billion people continues its rapid growth," the Japanese top official said.

Machimura was quoted by the Kyodo news agency as saying that the safeguards agreement India has reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency would ensure inspection of India's nuclear facilities and increase transparency of the country's nuclear activities.

The top Japanese official said despite his country's backingĀ  of the civil nuclear deal at the key NSG meet in Vienna [Images], Tokyo still had concerns. "We would continue to assert that India should join the comprehensive test ban treaty," Machimura said.

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