Australia won’t sell uranium to India, says Julia Gillard

New Delhi, August 31: Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard Monday reiterated that her country will not sell uranium to India as it is yet to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT).
“Our decision was not aimed at India. As a principle, we don’t sell uranium to countries that have not signed the NPT,” Gillard told reporters here.

Several Australian authorities have already said this on earlier occasions after India and the US signed the civil nuclear agreement last year.

Endowed with a sizable quantity of the world’s cheaply extractable uranium, Australia is a big exporter of the mineral. India needs uranium for its civilian nuclear reactors.