Nuclear Deal: SP says would wait for final NSG accord

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New Delhi, Sep 5 (UNI) As the revelation of the latest US stand on supply of uranium and enrichment technologies to India under the 123 agreement increased pressure on the UPA government, its new found ally Samajwadi Party today said it believed in the assurance given by the Prime Minister unless future developments forced a correction in its view.

''Let me wait for the final draft of the NSG accord. Unless we have something authentic otherwise, we will accept the Prime Minister's assurance,'' said party general secretary Amar Singh when asked about the party stand in view of the new developments.

Speaking at a 'Meet the Press' programme organised by the Press Club of India, Mr Singh also sought to clarify that party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav had not expressed any doubt over the veracity of the PM's assurance and usefulness of the nuclear deal, as reported in the press.

He said he spoke to Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, and could say that his statement had not been understood.

When asked by a reporter about the new development, Mr Yadav had only said he did not know the facts of the new situation, so could not comment, said the SP general secretary.

Mr Singh sought to underline that his party had supported the nuclear deal only after they met Dr Kalam and were told by him that the proposed agreement was in the best interest of the country in meeting its ever increasing energy needs.

He said India had already conducted nuclear tests and was an established nuclear state, so did not need any immediate explosions.

''We will take the call when crisis comes,'' said Mr Singh when a reporter asked if his party would still continue to support the nuclear deal if the US stopped supplies to India if it conducted a nuclear test.

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