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Nuke deal no threat to China, Pak: Narayanan

National Security Adviser MK Narayanan has said that Indo-US nuke deal is not against Pak and China.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 19:03 IST

India's nuclear deal with the US should be no cause of concern for Pakistan and China as it leaves New Delhi's strategic nuclear capabilities unchanged, National Security Adviser M K Narayanan has said.

He Also rebutted suggestions that the US is using India to contain China, saying no American leader had spoken on such terms during President George W Bush's visit this month to India.

"President Bush did not raise this issue even once. Nor has (US National Security Adviser Stephen) Hadley or (US Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice. We are certainly not there in any game of containing China or Pakistan," Narayanan said in an interview to the news magazine "The Week."

The nuclear deal sealed with the US during Bush's visit to the country does not influence India's nuclear programme, he said. Rather, it has put a large number of reactors under international safeguards, Narayanan added.

"The strategic part (of our nuclear programme) is unaffected, whether we are in it (nuclear deal) or not. So neither China nor Pakistan has any reason to feel more concerned," Narayanan remarked when asked the neighbours did not seem to be pleased with India's landmark pact with the United States.

First Published: Mar 17, 2006 19:03 IST