Thursday, March 02, 2006

India and US sign nuclear deal

President Bush and Indian PM agreed on a landmark nuclear deal between the two countries today.

India will receive American nuclear know-how and fuel but won’t have to sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which was the main sticking point in the deal.

“We concluded an historic agreement today on nuclear power,” US President George W. Bush said. “It’s not an easy job for the Indian Prime Minister to achieve this agreement. I understand. It’s not easy for the American president to achieve this agreement.”

The agreement acknowledges India’s status as a nuclear military power and provides for cooperation on civilian nuclear energy.

Now it's off to Pakistan, which should be a much harder nut to crack.
President Bush and the US and not particularly popular in the Muslim country.

The Musharref government has crackesd down on anti-American militants, banned protests in some areas and arrested people suspected of being security risks during Bush's visit.

Today, 4 people died in a car bombing outside the Marriott Hotel and the U.S. Consulate. At least one American foreign service officer was killed, and the fate of two other American diplomats who were in the car remained unclear.


Dan Zaremba said...

I don't think the Pakaistanis are particurarly happy with Bush right now.

Anonymous said...

This is a huge diplomatic triumph for Bush and the US. Hard to overstate how important it is for our future.

Freedom Fighter said...

The Pakis can sod off, as they say in your neck of the woods Links! If they play nice, they can be on the winning team and we'll agree to forget about AQ Kahn.