N-deal will end nuclear apartheid: Prime Minister

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{image-manmohan singh_11062008.jpg www.oneindia.com}New Delhi, June 11: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is hopeful that progress will be made on the India-United States nuclear agreement, despite domestic political opposition.

"Our domestic politics has prevented us from going ahead. I will still continue to hope that we will make progress in the months that lie ahead," Dr Singh said in New Delhi on Wednesday. The Prime Minister emphasised that the deal was important to end the nuclear apartheid that the world has sought to impose on India."This agreement, if it materialises, if it sees light of the day, will open new possibilities of cooperation not only with the US but also with other nuclear powers like Russia and France," said the PM.

"The Indo-US civil nuclear agreement protects India's national interest, protects its capacity to use nuclear power, protects its strategic interests and at the same time opens up new opportunities for civilian cooperation," he added.

The Prime Minister revealed that there was no pressure from the US to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty or any similar international arrangement to enter into civil nuclear cooperation. Speaking on the border row with China, he said that some progress is being made on the issue, "but there is a long arduous journey ahead of us."

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