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Indo-US Nuclear Energy Accord Gets Mixed Reaction

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A nuclear energy accord signed Monday by India and the United States is getting a mixed reaction in India.

Under the accord, Washington recognizes India as a responsible nuclear state and allows it to buy nuclear fuel for its atomic power plants and expand its nuclear energy programs.

The accord has been welcomed by energy experts who say India desperately needs new energy sources to fuel one of the world's fastest growing economies.

But former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee criticized the conditions India has accepted under the accord. He said separating the civilian from the military nuclear facilities would be very difficult, if not impossible. He said the costs involved will be prohibitive.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Communist coalition partners describe the accord as a sell-out by India.
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