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India: Trouble With U.S. Nuke Deal Would Harm Relationship

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India's foreign secretary has said the relationship between New Delhi and Washington would be harmed if the U.S. congress fails to approve the nuclear deal signed last month by President George W. Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Shyam Saran said Saturday in an interview that India will experience disappointed expectations if the deal does not go through. The agreement calls for the U.S. to give India access to civilian nuclear technology to help power India's rapidly growing economy.

The U.S. has previously refused to provide such technology because India developed its own nuclear arsenal and has refused to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged members of Congress to approve the deal, calling it a "strategic achievement" that would strengthen nuclear non-proliferation efforts.

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