US, India discuss building nuclear reactors

WASHINGTON, June 7 (KUNA) — US President Barack Obama and the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met Tuesday at the White House to discuss the start of “preparatory” work of six nuclear reactors that are to be built in India.
The six AP 1000 nuclear reactors will be built by Westinghouse, a nuclear power company, that the US is assisting India in creating a “competitive financing package,” a joint statement said.
The project would be the largest of its kind and fulfills a US-India civil nuclear agreement that demonstrates a shared commitment to meet India’s growing energy needs while reducing reliance on fossil fuels, the statement said.
On global nonproliferation, the two countries plan to work together to combat the threat of terrorists accessing chemical, biological, nuclear and, radiological materials.
Meanwhile, Obama welcomed Modi’s proposal to host a “Summit on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism” in 2018.
The two sides also welcomed enhancing military to military cooperation between them, in which Washington plans to facilitate with technology sharing and trade of military goods.
On anti-terrorism efforts, Modi and Obama resolved to redouble their efforts bilaterally and with other like-minded countries, and strengthen their cooperation against terrorist threats from extremist groups.
The two countries also plan to share terrorist screening information.
They also addressed issues of common interest such as climate change, clean energy, space exploration, and expanding trade cooperation. (end) ak.ma