U-S and India Announce Nuke Pact

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The United States and India have completed an agreement to share civilian nuclear fuel and technology.

The deal announced today must still clear several more steps, including international and U-S congressional approval, before nuclear trade can begin.

If approved, it would reverse three decades of American anti-proliferation policy.

The announcement follows more than a year of talks.

The two countries issued a one-page joint statement hailing their work as a "historic milestone." The statement doesn't provide specific details.

Critics say the measure damages international nonproliferation efforts and could boost India's nuclear bomb stockpile by freeing up its domestic uranium for weapons. They fear that could spark a nuclear arms race in Asia.


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