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N-deal not a threat to India: US

New Delhi, March 20
Ahead of the talks on an agreement to operationalise the Indo-US civil nuclear deal, Washington today said the deal should not be viewed as a “threat in any way to New Delhi’s sovereignty or its nuclear programme.”

Seeking to allay any apprehensions by India that the deal may be inimical to its interests, the visiting US Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman said the deal was good for India and should be seen as a “major opportunity”.

“The civil nuclear agreement currently under negotiation is good for India... is good for the US... is good for our mutual energy security... and is good for global non-proliferation system,” Bodman said at a FICCI interaction.

Bodman made a strong case for pushing forward the deal to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase use of alternative sources to achieve energy security. — PTI





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