India has agreed under 123 pact to moratorium on nuke tests: US

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Washington, Sep 5 (UNI) The United States has said that India's obligations under the 123 Agreement are very clear and Indians have agreed to a moratorium on nuclear tests.

"And, we expect that Indians will adhere to that commitment," State Department's Deputy Spokesman Robert Wood said yesterday.

Mr Wood said in a statement under the terms of the U S-India nuclear agreement, if India tested nuclear weapons, that would trigger a suspension of supplies and technology from the U S and other countries.

In reply to a question, Mr Wood said,'' Our response to the Democratic Congressman Tom Lantos letter that was made public by Democratic Congressman Howard Berman and there was nothing - nothing new in our response. It was basically a reiteration of U S non-proliferation policy.

There was no attempt to sort of, you know, cover up anything, if that's what you're implying.'' Congressman Berman, earlier this week made public a nine-month-old confidential letter from the State Department assuring Congressman Lantos that the deal would be scuttled if India conducted a nuclear test.

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