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'Implementation of N-deal conditional upon US'

The implementation of the N-deal would also enable India to forge cooperation in the area with UK, Russia and France.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 18:43 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

India on Saturday made it clear that the implementation of the Indo-US nuclear deal would be contingent upon Washington fulfilling its obligations, including its ratification by the US Congress.

"The actual implementation of the agreed separation plan will be conditional upon US legislation amending the existing laws and upon our negotiating with IAEA on safeguards," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the Rajya Sabha winding up the discussion on the civil nuclear energy cooperation with the US.

"Only when these arrangements are in place, the implementation of separation plan will take place. There is full reciprocity," he said adding that there was no question of India accepting a cap on the country's nuclear programme which would include minimum credible deterrence.

Singh also denied allegations that the deal was struck on the assurance that India would buy five billion dollars worth of weapons from Washington.

"There was no such temptation. No negotiations were undertaken by me during President Bush's visit or any of my officials," he said adding the nuclear deal was a stand alone agreement.

During his 45-minute reply, Singh asserted that India has not thrown to the winds its commitment to the pursuit of universal nuclear disarmament and "there is no change in the stand" in the face of the deal.

"I have no hesitation in reiterating government's commitments to the principled policy which is one of unwavering policy of nuclear disarmament, elimination of weapons of mass destruction and complete nuclear disarmament," he said.

Elaborating on why New Delhi has sought India specific safeguards at the IAEA, he said all nuclear weapon countries have separate set of safeguards under Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) while the non-nuclear weapon states had another set of comprehensive safeguards.

As all nuclear weapon states had a separate safeguard and India did not fall in the second category of non-nuclear weapon states, it has pressed for working out a separate India specific safeguard at the IAEA, he said.

The Prime Minister said the implementation of the nuclear deal would also enable India to forge cooperation in the area with United Kingdom, Russia and France.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 18:43 IST