The US Senate, debating a bill to implement the civilian nuclear energy agreement with India, on Thursday rejected two amendments proposed by Democrat Senator Byron Dorgan.
The first amendment, rejected by a vote of 71 to 27, had proposed that the US administration should continue to support a UN resolution adopted after India's nuclear tests in 1998 that said New Delhi should stop further production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and cap its nuclear weapons programme.
Dorgan's second amendment, rejected by a voice vote, pertained to the President making a determination to Congress that India has committed all reactors supplying electricty under IAEA inspections regime, a binding obligation on India not to assist, induce or encourage non nuclear weapons states to manufacture or acquire nuclear weapons and a Presidential determination that India is reducing stockpiles.
Both the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Richard Lugar and Joseph Biden, who will soon assume the post, opposed Dorgan's first amendment, stressing that it was impertative to look at the new conditions that had come about.
Describing comparisons as being not relevant, Biden argued that "we cannot turn back the history of 1998".