Bush removed all doubts about uninterrupted fuel supply: Congress

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New Delhi, Oct 10 (UNI) Welcoming the assent given by US President George Bush to the legislation on the India-US Nuclear deal, the Congress today said the statement made by Mr Bush at the signing ceremony yesterday was an answer to all who raised apprehensions about continuous fuel supply and reprocessing of spent fuel.

AICC Spokesman Shakeel Ahmed told mediapersons that the 123 agreement with the US would help India meet its increasing power needs.

He said the Presidential assent to the legislation on the nuclear deal had sent a strong message to the world that India was a responsible nuclear state.

Mr Ahmed it was a great achievement that India would get nuclear fuel and technology from the United States and 44 other members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) without becoming a signatory to the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

He said the nuclear deal had secured an exalted position and respect to India among the comity of nations.

Replying to a question, Mr Ahmed said the Hyde Act was a domestic law of the US and India was not bound by it. "We are bound only by the 123 agreement with the US." UNI SH RL HS1758

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