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From: Ram Narayanan < email@example.com>
Date: Mar 8, 2006 6:17 PM
Subject: White House Dispels Myths About US-India Civilian Nuclear Initiative
THE WHITE HOUSE
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
Office of the Press Secretary
March 8, 2006
India Civil Nuclear Cooperation: Responding to Critics
CRITICS: The U.S.-India civil nuclear cooperation deal will accelerate the nuclear arms race in South Asia.
COUNTERPOINT: This is an historic agreement that brings India into the nonproliferation mainstream and addresses its growing energy needs through increased use of nuclear energy in cooperation with the international community. The United States has no intention of aiding India's nuclear weapons program. India's plan to separate its civilian and military nuclear facilities and programs will allow other nations to cooperate with India's civilian facilities to expand energy production. Those facilities will be under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards to prevent diversion of technology and materials to India's military program. Greater use of nuclear reactors to produce energy for the Indian people will not undermine regional security or stability.