Doctors asking Abbott not to go nuclear with India

URANIUM EFFECT: The rehabilitated Mary Kathleen mine.
URANIUM EFFECT: The rehabilitated Mary Kathleen mine. Contributed

AS PRIME Minister Tony Abbott left to sign a deal to export uranium to India on Thursday, doctors against nuclear war urged him not to sign the arrangement.

Mr Abbott left for Mumbai and high-level meetings with the country's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi (pictured).

He said in parliament on Wednesday he hoped to sign the export deal with India during the trip, after a long-standing ban on uranium exports to the sub-continent were lifted in 2012.

But a meeting last week of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War urged Mr Abbott not to formalise the deal.

India has previously refused to sign the United Nation's Non-proliferation Treaty, and is widely believed to be a nuclear-armed country, as is its tense neighbour Pakistan.

Australian radiologist Dr Peter Karamoskos, from the Medical Association for Prevention of War, said: "We can't afford to fuel the next nuclear conflict or nuclear accident".

He said in light of the Fukushima disaster, "prevention is better than cure and Australia should reconsider its uranium supply deal with India".


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