Nuclear deal safe with next administration in Washington: Clinton

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New Delhi, Mar 13 (UNI) Former US President Bill Clinton today said the Indo-US nuclear deal would not lapse with the end of the current George Bush regime and the new administration in Washington would keep it secure.

''The practice is to honour the agreements of the previous government,'' Mr Clinton said, in his keynote address at the India Today conclave, delivered via satellite.

However, he noted the some aspects of the deal could be ''revisited'' if both the countries so desired.

Describing the deal as ''good'' for both countries, Mr Clinton said it was ''a good deal so long as you know what to do with it (the nuclear energy).'' The two-time President also expressed happiness at the deepening cooperation between the two countries. He also noted that the Democratic Party supported the deal ''in general terms.'' Asked why he had not proffered such a deal during his own stint, Mr Clinton said the situation was different at that time and he was preoccupied with other matters. ''I then had a different perspective on non-proliferation... besides I did not want China to commence an arms race in the region,'' he said.


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