Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's government said as per its election commitment, India must first sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty before any sale can take place.
"We went into the election with a strong policy commitment we would not export uranium to nation states who are not members of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty," Smith told reporters.
Prior to its election defeat, the previous government led by John Howard had planned to discuss a safeguards agreement for a uranium deal with India as part of the now troubled U.S.-India civil nuclear deal.
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