U.S. Sanctions Block People But Not Goods From India

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Science  21 May 1999:
Vol. 284, Issue 5418, pp. 1259-1260
DOI: 10.1126/science.284.5418.1259

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MUMBAI AND WASHINGTON, D.C.-- The U.S. ban on exports of sensitive weapons material to India, triggered by the nuclear tests India conducted a year ago, doesn't prevent imports, so some U.S. companies are still able to buy products and other technology from blacklisted Indian institutions. This has led to a logic-defying situation in which those who developed the technology can't travel to the United States to install the equipment, for example, and anything that needs to be repaired can't be sent back because it would violate U.S. export restrictions. The one-way technology flow also threatens long-standing civilian collaborations that scientists say have nothing to do with nuclear weapons.