New Delhi: Concerned about “certain elements” in the newly-enacted US law on civil nuclear cooperation with it, India will present proposals it want incorporated in the bilateral agreement. The deal will be operational once negotiations on the agreement are concluded.
The draft 123 agreement will be handed over to the American side by foreign secretary Shivshankar Menon on Tuesday when he visits Washington for a meeting of the high-technology cooperation group.
The proposals are understood to include certain language that India wants to be used in the 123 agreement. New Delhi sees with concern “certain elements” of the Henry Hyde US-India Peaceful Atomic Cooperation Act passed by the US Congress in December. These clauses concern conditional access to reprocessing technology, end-use verification of reprocessed fuel and attempts to cap India’s strategic nuclear programme.
New Delhi has asserted that such elements would have to be addressed by Washington in the 123 agreement, or it may walk out of the deal.