US, India agree on landmark nuke deal

In a major shift in US policy, India will receive American nuclear know-how and fuel but won’t have to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
“We concluded an historic agreement today on nuclear power,” US President George W. Bush said. “It’s not an easy job for [Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh] to achieve this agreement. I understand. It’s not easy for the American president to achieve this agreement.”
The agreement acknowledges India’s status as a nuclear military power and provides for cooperation on civilian nuclear energy.
Reacting today to the news of the U.S.-India nuclear agreement, critics said it would undermine international efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and make it harder to rein in nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea.

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