Australia upholds ban on selling uranium to India

Australia will keep its ban on selling uranium to India because of New Delhi's refusal to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said Monday. Smith restated his government's position ahead of meeting Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee in Canberra later Monday. "We've had as a party a long standing policy position of only exporting uranium to countries who are party to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty," Smith told Sky News television. "India for its own reasons is not a party to that," he added.