US Will Share Nuke Fuel, Technology With India

Civilian deal reverses US precedent
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2007 1:46 PM CDT
U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, left, meets with Indian Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee, in New Delhi, India, Friday, June 1, 2007. Indian and U. S. officials met for a second day Friday...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The United States unveiled a plan today to share nuclear fuel and technology with India, upending decades of American non-proliferation strictures, the AP reports. The deal allows only civilian uses, but critics are concerned nonetheless about the specter of an Asian  nuclear arms race.

The new cooperation still faces hurdles: it's likely to encounter resistance in Congress, which okayed more limited nuclear trade last year, and the UN's watchdog agency will have to sign on. The deal’s been in the works for a year, though, and the US has tried to sell it as good-neighbor policy between democratic states.