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US wants India to be part of its nonproliferation efforts

world Updated: Oct 22, 2009 01:43 IST

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The Obama administration wants India to be a "full partner" in its nuclear non-proliferation efforts, as Washington has "a lot of confidence in the Indians and in their approach", US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.

"We want India to be part of our overall nonproliferation efforts, and we want them to really be a major player at the table in trying to figure out how we go forward in an effective, verifiable manner to reinstate a nonproliferation regime that can prevent further countries from acquiring nuclear weapons or even peaceful nuclear capacity without the safeguards that we envision," she said.

The US "sees India as a full partner" in this effort, and Washington looks forward to working with New Delhi as both the countries are trying to come up with a "21st-century version of the NPT", Clinton said in response to a question on Indo-US civilian nuclear deal.

"Obviously, we have a lot of confidence in the Indians and a lot of confidence in their approach, and we are going to be working closely with them, including American companies that will be part of implementing the reactor sites that are part of the agreement," the Secretary of State said.