US lawmakers agree on India civil nuclear bill

December 8, 2006 03:51


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US lawmakers on Thursday settled differences on landmark legislation to allow shipments of civilian nuclear fuel to India, clearing the way for passage of a measure that will overturn three decades of American anti-proliferation policy. The bill is likely to be approved in a final vote Friday before it is sent to President George W. Bush to sign into law. Senior lawmakers from both political parties championed the proposal as a major shift in US policy toward a strategically important Asian power that has long maintained what the Bush administration considers a responsible nuclear program. Critics countered that the plan could spark an Asian nuclear arms race and ruin global efforts to curb the spread of weapons technology.

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