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Enrichment tech not part of N-deal: US

india Updated: Aug 04, 2006 19:03 IST

The US has said that it does not envisage cooperation with India involving enrichment, reprocessing and heavy water production technologies as part of the civilian nuclear deal.

"We look forward to civil nuclear cooperation with India, but we've told the government we don't envision that cooperation involving enrichment and reprocessing technologies or the technology for the production of heavy water," Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation John Rood said.

This was stated by Rood during discussions on India's objections to certain sections in the Senate bill on the nuclear deal at his nomination hearing.

The Bush Administration told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee it prefers prohibitions on export of enrichment, reprocessing and heavy water production technology as well as an end-use monitoring system to track nuclear technology exports to India to stay in the realm of policy as opposed to a "matter of law".

Rood remarked that "the civil nuclear cooperation initiative is an important means of building this strategic partnership and also serves our non-proliferation goals by bringing India into the international non-proliferation mainstream."