Bush against nuke deal renegotiation
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Bush against nuke deal renegotiation

The Bush administration has said it would never risk reassembling the 'complex' agreement again.

india Updated: Mar 18, 2006 19:06 IST

The Bush administration has said while it was open to ideas from lawmakers on ways to strengthen the accord, it was against "renegotiating" the "complex" agreement as it would never riskreassembling it again.

Citing India's good track record on non-proliferation, the administration also sought to silence critics of the deal, saying the pact would not enhance New Delhi's nuclear weapons programme or lead to an arms race in the region.

Hours after the administration tabled a bill in the Congress seeking to amend the US Atomic Energy Act to facilitate the deal, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns noted that the agreement was a break from the "conventional wisdom of the past".

Members are looking for testimony that will lay out this plan in some detail and wanting to ask questions.

Burns said though Congress members are welcome to put forward their suggestions, the administration would not like to renegotiate the deal,

"This is a complex agreement. To reopen it, we're probably at risk of never being able to achieve it again and to reassemble it."

"There may be ideas that do not require renegotiation, that may help to reinforce or strengthen this agreement. We're open to all of them. But we wish not to renegotiate", he said.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 09:19 IST