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06OSLO1076
2006-08-29 15:31:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Oslo
Cable title:  

NORWEGIANS WANT ANSWERS BEFORE DECIDING AN NSG

Tags:   ETTR  ETTC  PARM  PREL  NO  KNNP  KSCA 
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FM AMEMBASSY OSLO
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INFO RUCNNSG/NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS GROUP COLLECTIVE PRIORITY
RUEHNE/AMEMBASSY NEW DELHI PRIORITY 0421
						C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 001076 

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/29/2016
TAGS: ETTR ETTC PARM PREL NO KNNP KSCA
SUBJECT: NORWEGIANS WANT ANSWERS BEFORE DECIDING AN NSG
POSITION

REF: OSLO 276

Classified By: DCM Kevin M. Johnson, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)

C O N F I D E N T I A L OSLO 001076

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 08/29/2016
TAGS: ETTR ETTC PARM PREL NO KNNP KSCA
SUBJECT: NORWEGIANS WANT ANSWERS BEFORE DECIDING AN NSG
POSITION

REF: OSLO 276

Classified By: DCM Kevin M. Johnson, reasons 1.4 (b) and (d)


1. (C) On August 29, we discussed the Norwegian reaction to
the U.S.-India nuclear deal with MFA Assistant Secretary Jorg
Willy Bronebakk. Bronebakk noted that his government
continues to have serious questions regarding the matter, and
has not yet determined its position in the Nuclear Suppliers
Group (NSG). During last week's visit by India's Foreign
Secretary, Shyam Saran, the GON recognized India's desire to

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have a reliable energy supply (and growing energy needs), and
accepted that nuclear energy may be an element of an Indian
energy strategy. However, Norway remains concerned about the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)'s fate, and questions several
aspects of the U.S.-India nuclear agreement, particularly the
agreement's timeline and separation of military and civilian
efforts. Bronebakk believes that Saran took away a clear
impression that serious questions remain outstanding, and
until satisfactory answers are received, Norway will not be
prepared to reach a conclusion on its NSG position.


2. (C) Comment. In light of Bronebakk's comments, Indian
press reports signaling Norway's approval of the deal are
misleading. The Norwegians clearly have many questions.
Bronebakk's comments resemble those previously raised in A/S
Boucher's April, 2006 meeting with Deputy Foreign Minister
Raymond Johansen (ref a) and in our prior meetings with
Norwegian Ambassador Roald Naess (ref b). The forums are
different, but the message is the same.
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