Sridhar Krishnaswami, PTI
Washington: The United States has said the arrest of two Indians and indictment of two of their compatriots on charges of allegedly exporting sensitive missile technology to India will have no bearing on the nuclear deal with New Delhi.
“The arrest of individuals is indeed a serious matter,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said at a briefing but also made the point that it will not impact the ongoing negotiations over the so-called 1-2-3 Agreement.
“I don’t see any connection between these two things.I would expect that the Indian government will continue to negotiate the so-called 1-2-3 agreement in good faith. Certainly, the United States will,” he said in response to a query.
The indictment slapped charges against Parthasarathy Sudarshan-led electronics firm, Cirrus Inc, operating in Singapore, South Carolina and Bangalore, for allegedly working as an agent of the Indian government to obtain sensitive missile and weapons technology for its military programmes.
Four of the company officials — all of them Indians, including founder Sudarshan, were charged.
McCormack said, “Any time you have allegations of violations of the Arms Export Control Act, which is the law under which these indictments were made, it’s a serious matter.”
“And certainly our law enforcement officials take very seriously their obligation to enforce the laws.And in this case, they have unsealed a 15-count indictment against these two individuals. And in the indictment is a formal list of the charges. But of course we take this very seriously,” he added.