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Japan Could Restart Indian Atomic Trade Talks

Japan on Monday said it is mulling possible new discussions with India to hammer out a bilateral civilian nuclear power accord, Kyodo News reported.

Tokyo has "judged it sensible to negotiate an accord with India on nuclear cooperation," according to lead Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga.

Insiders said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe would address the potential for Japan to build atomic energy plants in India in a May 29 discussion in Tokyo with his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh.

Dialogue on a nuclear cooperation agreement has been on hold since the March 2011 disaster at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Sources in Japan said last year the sides needed to address "certain elements" prior to any deal. New Delhi possesses nuclear weapons outside of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.

Meanwhile, India and China on Monday together announced their intention to "carry out bilateral cooperation in civilian nuclear energy in line with their respective international commitments,” the New Indian Express reported.

The prepared remarks came after Singh met on Monday with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.

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