Govt should react to Burns' statement on N-deal: BJP

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New Delhi, Aug 1 (UNI) The BJP today asked the UPA government to formally react to the statement of the key US negotiator on the Indo-US nuclear deal and former Assistant Secretary Nicholas Burns that the Hyde Act and the 123 Agreement were complementary and supplementary to each other.

BJP spokesman Ravishankar Prasad said the comments of Mr Burns, who functioned as special envoy of the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on the nuclear deal, at Brookings Institute in the US were very serious and had confirmed one of the worst apprehensions of the BJP that that the US might invoke the Hyde Act provisions the day India conducted its atomic tests.

Mr Prasad said the statements of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the people in Parliament were contrary to what Mr Burns had stated on July 31 ahead of the IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna.

Mr Burns had dealt with India for over three years on the nuclear deal and his views and assessments could not be brushed aside easily and it would only be proper if the Government came forward with its formal reaction, he asserted.

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