US embassy cable - 06OSLO276

NORWAY SKEPTICAL ABOUT INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL

Identifier: 06OSLO276
Wikileaks: View 06OSLO276 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Oslo
Created: 2006-03-08 15:22:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: ENRG ETTC PARM PREL IN NO KNNP KSCA SIPDIS
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
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DE RUEHNY #0276 0671522
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P 081522Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY OSLO
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 3595
INFO RUCNNSG/NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 0403
C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 000276 
 
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SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/07/2016 
TAGS: ENRG, ETTC, PARM, PREL, IN, NO, KNNP, KSCA, SIPDIS 
SUBJECT: NORWAY SKEPTICAL ABOUT INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL 
 
REF: STATE 34761 
 
Classified By: P/E Counselor Mike Hammer, reason 1.4 (b) and (d) 
 
1. (C) On March 7 we delivered reftel points to Roald Naess, 
Ambassador and Chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Group 
Consultative Group (NSG) and Hilda Janne Skorpen, Assistant 
Director General at the MFA.  Naess said that in his capacity 
as NSG chair he had "no particular views" on the points. 
However, in a national capacity he noted that the Norwegian 
MFA questioned reftel's explanation of the benefits of the 
civil nuclear cooperation deal with India.  While not 
prejudging what Norway's response will be at March 22 NSG 
Consultative Group, Naess was particularly concerned about 
"vertical proliferation," meaning that providing fuel 
facilitation plants to India could have military development 
implications.  Additionally, Naess said he was looking for 
clarification as to India's implementation of measures raised 
in the July, 2005 agreement.  Naess recently met with the 
Indian Ambassador who was unable to provide Naess any 
information about Indian engagement with the IAEA concerning 
safeguard issues. 
 
2. (C) Naess discussed the motivations shaping the foreign 
relations of other nations with India.  For example, he noted 
that the renewed Russian interest in India is motivated by 
largely "commercial interests" as compared to "strategic 
interests" which motivate the U.S.  He also questioned 
China's reaction to the reftel points, noting China's close 
economic cooperation with India's rival Pakistan.  Naess also 
suggested that several NSG countries might want to make sure 
that the U.S.-India deal had gone through all domestic U.S. 
and Indian ratification procedures before taking the issue up 
within the NSG. 
 
Visit Oslo's Classified website: 
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eur/oslo/index.cf m 
 
WHITNEY 

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