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Indo-US cooperation would be terminated if India conducts N-test

Written by: Staff

Washington, June 29 (UNI) The Lugar-Biden legislation, on moving forward the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal being taken up today for consideration by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, explicitly stipulates that if India conducts a nuclear test, Indo-US cooperation will be terminated.

Section 129 of the Atomic Energy Act, which is preserved under the Lugar-Biden bill, terminates US nuclear cooperation if India conducts a nuclear test, proliferates nuclear weapons or materials, or breaks its agreements with the IAEA or the United States.

A copy of the draft bill was made available to reporters last night from Senator Lugar's office.

Saying that Indo-US civilian nuclear agreement was in the national security interest of both countries, Republican Senator Lugar, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee urged Senators to vote in favor of the legislation without conditions that would kill the agreement.

''It resulted from a delicately balanced negotiation. Neither side got everything it wanted,'' Mr Lugar said adding that nevertheless, the Bush administration and the Indian government got the best under the circumstances.

Talking about the various provisions in the Lugar-Biden mark legislation to be taken up by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, Mr Lugar said the bill has a sense of the Congress, waiver and policy statements provisions.

''Senator Biden and I have sought to ensure that important export control and non-proliferation efforts remain strong and consistent,'' he said.

According to Senator Lugar the sections 2 and 3 of the Lugar-Biden bill include sense of the Congress provisions on Indo-US relations and policy declarations.

These provisions give voice to a set of important policy issues involving bilateral relations, democratic values, nuclear non-proliferation regimes, fissile material production in South Asia, and support for IAEA safeguards and the Nuclear Suppliers Group. All of these concerns are reinforced by the bill's comprehensive reporting requirements.


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