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PacNet #37 – U.S.-India nuclear deal will strengthen nonproliferation

During the July 2005 visit of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the United States, President Bush recognized India as “a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology” and promised to discuss with the Congress and U.S. allies ways to allow India access to civilian nuclear fuel and technology for its energy sector. The deal has raised concerns that it might undermine the global nonproliferation regime. In fact, however, the existing nonproliferation regime has been unsuccessful in finding ways to force India either to de-nuclearize or to accept international safeguards on its nuclear facilities. President Bush’s bilateral deal correctly recognizes that it is far better for the nonproliferation community if works with it rather than against it.