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N-deal okay, but India no nuclear weapon state: US

In the wake of reports that Washington was reneging on the nuclear pact, the US seeks to allay all apprehensions.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 21:54 IST

Seeking to allay apprehensions that it was shifting goal posts on the Indo-US nuclear deal, the US on Monday said it understands that India will continue to maintain its strategic programme but believed that majority of future growth will be on the civilian side.

The US Embassy in a statement also said that Washington believed that India will not join NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state.

The Embassy statement came in the wake of reports that Washington was reneging on the nuclear pact reached in 2005 and on India's plan to separate its military and civilian nuclear facilities firmed up during the visit of President George W Bush in March this year.

"We do not recognise India as a nuclear weapon state, and do not seek to amend or renegotiate the NPT. We understand, however, that India will not join the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state," it said.

It said "we understand that India will continue to maintain its strategic programme, although we believe the majority of future growth will be on the civilian side."