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India to Draft Plan to Implement Civilian Nuclear Pact with US

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India and the United States have agreed to draft a plan to implement a nuclear deal offered by President Bush to India during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's July visit to Washington. The agreement came during a meeting Friday between Indian Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and visiting U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns. Mr. Burns said Washington will stick with the agreement and fulfill its obligations. Mr. Saran said the two sides will have a definite understanding on the agreement and a plan in place to implement it by the time President Bush visits India early next year. Under the terms of the agreement, New Delhi must separate civilian and military nuclear programs and place the civilian part under international safeguards. In return, Washington will give India access to technology normally reserved for nations that have signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. India has not.
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