U.S. committed to civilian nuclear agreement with India: Obama
The United States will be " fully committed" to finalize a civilian nuclear agreement reached with India in 2005, President Barack Obama said here on Tuesday, Xinhua reported.
"I reaffirmed to the prime minister my administration's commitment to fully implement the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreement which increases American exports and creates jobs in both countries," Obama told reporters after talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The United States and India signed the civilian nuclear agreement when former U.S. president George W. Bush visited New Delhi in March 2006, thus ending the long nuclear isolation imposed on India after it tested an atom bomb in 1974,
Under the deal, India agreed to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, allowing international scrutiny for the bulk of its power stations to ensure non-proliferation.
However, some issues concerning the agreement remain to be solved before the pact can be implemented.
Some U.S. lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Party opposed the U.S.-India civil nuclear treaty, saying it sent a bad message to nations such as Iran that are feared to be seeking nuclear weapons.
Since Bush took office in 2001, India and the U.S. have made dramatic steps toward forging a strategic partnership after decades of Cold War animosity.