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US Officials Defend Nuclear Plan with India


The Bush administration has defended its plan to increase nuclear cooperation with India, amid concerns from some lawmakers.

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the plan will help ensure India's nuclear program meets international standards He added that engaging India, rather than isolating it, will advance the goals of nuclear non-proliferation

Some lawmakers, however, expressed concern over increasing nuclear ties with India, because it has not signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. President Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed the deal earlier this year.

The plan would give India access to sensitive nuclear technology, once India separates its civilian and military nuclear programs. The U.S. Congress must approve the deal before it can take effect.

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