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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 25, 1980--Page 9

India to receive uranium

WASHINGTON (AP)-In a foreign
policy victory for President Carter, the
Senate voted 48-46 yesterday to permit
shipment of 38 tons of enriched uranium
to India, which diverted U.S. nuclear
material in 1974 and used it to detonate
an atomic bomb.
The vote came after one of the most
thorough and contested Senate debates
in years. It was marked by personal
and extensive telephone lobbying by
President Carter, who suffered a sharp
7 setback last week when the House
refused to go along with the sale.
A VOTE AGAINST the sale by both
houses was required to stop the tran-
Leaders of the drive to block the sales
said that permitting them would
"eviscerate" U.S. efforts worldwide to
stop the spread of nuclear weapons
4 because India has refused to agree to
safeguards aimed at blocking diversion
of the fuel to weapons use.
But backers of the sale argued that
blocking the transaction would under-
cut Carter's attempts to persuade India
to accept international safeguards for
its nuclear program and would alienate
4 ' the Indian people at a time of warfare
and political and religious unrest in
Southwest Asia.
INDIA WANTS the low-enriched
uranium to resupply the reactor at its
atomic power station at Tarapur near
Bombay. Carter overruled the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission in authorizing
the sale.
In arguing for approval of the sale,
the White House said no further sales
t,,.,f will be permitted to India unless that
}| country agrees to full scope safeguards
off to a good sAP Photo on all nuclear facilities to prevent a
start repeat of the1974 nuclear explosion.
Both mother and newborn female were doing fine yesterday at Chicago's In debate before the final vote, Sen.
Brookfield Zoo. Sandra gave birth to Shannon late Monday. The American John Glenn (D-Ohio) said the decision
Giraffe baby stands five and one-half feet tall and weighs 158 lbs. would show the world whether the

United States means to stand behind its
goal of halting the spread of nuclear
"THE BOTTOM line is what is going
to happen to the 111 non-weapons
nations which signed the Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty," Glenn said. In-
dia has refused to sign the treaty.
Sen. Abraham Ribicoff (D-Conn.)
said a decision permitting the sales

would "call into question the strength
and tenacity of our non-proliferation ef-
forts" and said the NRC was right in
saying that the issuing of licenses per-
mitting the sales was illegal.
Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho) chair-
man of the Foreign Relations Commit-
tee, said a decision to block the sale
could undercut Carter at a time of crisis
in Southwest Asia and actually harm
America's non-proliferation policy.

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One of the researchers who developed
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