Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says the country's civilian nuclear pact with the United States will not limit its nuclear weapons capabilities.
Mr. Singh told parliament on Tuesday the deal will not "cap" India's strategic program and it will be able to maintain an adequate nuclear deterrent.
New Delhi and Washington signed a landmark agreement last week during a visit by President Bush that will offer India civilian nuclear technology. In return, India must open some of its civilian nuclear facilities to international inspections.
The deal must be approved by the U.S. Congress.