nuclear accord approved
BBC- It took the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) nearly three days of protracted negotiations in Vienna to reach agreement.
Critics of the deal say it creates a dangerous precedent - effectively allowing India to expand its nuclear power industry without requiring it to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as other nations must.
They say the deal would undermine the arguments for isolating Iran over its nuclear programme and be a disaster for international non-proliferation efforts.
The Development and Proliferation of
Today eight countries are possessing nuclear weapons. The five nuclear weapons
states United States, Russia (former Soviet Union), United Kingdom, France and
China, are the only countries allowed to have nuclear weapons according to the
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) from 1970. All members of the United Nations
except Israel, India and Pakistan have signed the NPT.
In a statement Saturday, Prime Minister Singh said the approval marks the end of India's decades long isolation from the nuclear mainstream and of the technology denial regime.
The U.S.-India nuclear deal must now be approved by the U.S. Congress before it becomes law. U.S. lawmakers must act before adjourning in late September, ahead of U.S. presidential elections in November.
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.
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