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Policy experts urge US Congress to back N-deal

The foreign policy experts have warned that failure to implement the deal would be a blow to developing strong ties with India.

india Updated: Mar 11, 2006 11:53 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A group of foreign policy experts in Washington have urged Congress to support the pact and warned that failure to implement it would be ablow to development of strong ties with India.

"Congress should support the agreement to promote US strategic interests, US non-proliferation goals, US energy security and global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions leading to global warming," some 25 foreign policy specialists, experts and former senior officials of different US administrations wrote in a letter to Congress.

"Failure to implement it would be a body blow to the development of the strong relationship with India, so important to achieving US goals in Asia and beyond," the signatories said.

Implementation of the Indo-US civil nuclear agreement will advance objectives of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by opening the door to India's participation in the global non-proliferation regime, members of Congress were told.

"Congress went beyond the NPT by requiring safeguards on all of a country's nuclear installations as a condition of US civilian nuclear cooperation. This has had consequences that conflict directly with US non-proliferation goals," the experts pointed out to lawmakers.

They further said that the United States could sell civilian nuclear reactors to China, which signed the NPT but has supplied nuclear weapons technology to Pakistan.

"At the same time, the United States has barred such sales to India, which did not sign the NPT but has never transferred nuclear technology to others," they added.

First Published: Mar 11, 2006 11:53 IST