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India, US Make Progress on Nuclear Deal


Indian and U.S. officials say they have made good progress in finalizing the draft of a landmark but controversial nuclear deal between New Delhi and Washington.

The officials made the remarks at the end of three days of talks Wednesday in New Delhi.

The two sides are trying to iron out differences over the deal, which would allow sales of U.S. nuclear reactors and fuel to India. In return, India would open its civilian nuclear reactors to international inspection.

A U.S. embassy spokesman says the talks were positive and constructive. Both sides expressed hope that the agreement can be finalized as soon as possible.

Some American lawmakers and non-proliferation experts have criticized the deal, saying it might encourage nuclear proliferation and makes too many concessions to India -- a country that has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
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