US senator urges India to go ahead with nuke deal

A prominent US senator met with India's prime minister Saturday in an effort to allay concerns that a new joint nuclear pact could put New Delhi at odds with Iran. Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican, said he met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and urged him to move ahead with the nuclear deal because it was beneficial to both India and the US One point of concern in New Delhi is a nonbinding clause, inserted by the US Congress, that directs the US president to determine whether New Delhi is cooperating with Washington's efforts to confront Iran about its nuclear program. There are also fears that the deal could limit India's right to reprocess spent atomic fuel and employ other sensitive nuclear technologies.