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Japan, India seal deal on nuclear cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the signing of the joint statement at the prime minister's office in Tokyo on Nov. 11.

TOKYO -- Japan and India inked a contentious nuclear cooperation agreement Friday that allows Japan to export its nuclear power plants, along with a separate document stating the Japanese government will suspend cooperation if India carries out nuclear weapons tests.

This is the only such agreement Japan currently has with a country that is a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The agreement was a prerequisite for Japanese companies to export nuclear technology to India, and Tokyo believes the "nullification clause" in the separate document will safeguard its stance on nuclear nonproliferation.

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