India has good non-proliferation record: US
The United States has said that there has been "good" bipartisan support to its nuclear agreement with India in Congress.india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 04:13 IST
The United States has said that there has been "good" bipartisan support to its nuclear agreement with India in Congress and maintained that the administration is willing to answer questions and issues that may be raised on Capitol Hill to this effect.
"I think you're seeing on Friday that there is good bipartisan support to begin the process of ratifying this agreement," White House Spokesman Scott McClellan said in response to a question.
"And this is an important agreement. It goes to our strategic relationship. It goes to our energy security and India's energy security. And it also, for the first time, will bring India's civil nuclear program under international safeguards, and that's an important development," he added going on to make the point that the President George W Bush has spoken previously of India's non-proliferation track record.
"As the president has pointed out previously, India is not a country that was engaged in proliferation. They had a good non-proliferation record. And we had to look at the reality of the situation," he said.
"It's an important agreement. And we look forward to continuing to work with Congress in hearing any issues that they might want to bring up and talking to them about the importance of this agreement, answering their questions," he remarked.