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U.S. nuclear pact not signed yet

October 05, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The top American and Indian diplomats lauded a new agreement that opens up U.S. nuclear trade with India, but they stopped short of signing the deal, which some U.S. arms control experts say is likely to speed nuclear arms competition in Asia.

Some U.S. officials had said they expected U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her Indian counterpart, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, to sign the agreement Saturday. The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved legislation authorizing President Bush to make the deal.

At a news conference with Mukherjee, Rice said no substantive issues stand in the way of signing the deal. She said it was only a matter of waiting for a series of administrative steps by Congress to give Bush legislation to sign.

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