Thursday, April 24, 2008

Nuclear deal is bound by the 123 agreement

WASHINGTON: The US has reiterated that the civilian nuclear initiative with India is bound by the 123 agreement and not the Hyde Act.

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Richard Boucher rejected the notion that he has somehow dodged the issue in the past.

"No, I didn't," Boucher said in response to a query. "We don't see any inconsistency between the Hyde Act and the 123 agreement. The requirements of US law are on us to meet. The essential function of the Act is to to enable a nuclear deal with India, because otherwise under American law we were prohibited from doing anything with India," the senior State Department official said.