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12/24/05

US recognizes India as nuclear weapon state: Narayanan

New Delhi, Dec 24, IRNA-Indian National Security Adviser M K Narayanan said Saturday the US had implicitly recognized India as a nuclear weapon state and agreed to supply fuel for Tarapore reactors following a series of commitments by India, including that of separating civilian and military facilities.

The recognition was made during Manmohan Singh's visit to Washington in July, he added.

India was hopeful that many of the contentious issues on the nuclear deal with the US would be resolved before President George W Bush's visit here early March and an agreement in principle firmed up on its implementation, he said.

New Delhi is also expecting Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran to bring a draft legislation which the US will present to the Congress for its approval of the July 18 understanding reached between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bush.

"If both sides are reasonably satisfied with this as also certain changes and guidelines of Nuclear Suppliers Group, it is possible to move forward", Narayanan said in an interview with New Delhi Television (NDTV), a leading Indian English news channel.

The understanding had signalled a major gain for India which has been facing difficulties getting external supply of nuclear fuel ever since the 1998 Pokhran nuclear tests.

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