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Leading Republic Lawmaker in US House Foreign Affairs Committee Skeptical About Indo-US Nuclear Agreement

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent Asian Tribune

Washington, D.C. 06 August (Asiantribune.com): “The proposed agreement must be considered in the context of the growing military, political, and commercial relationship between India and Iran at a time when responsible nations are curtailing their dealings with Iran in light of the regime's pursuit of activities that could be used to achieve a nuclear weapons capability” says the leader of the Republican side in the United States House Foreign Affairs Committee on the Indo-US Nuclear Agreement.

U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, August 4 commented on the text of a proposed agreement between the United States and India that paves the way for greater civil nuclear cooperation.

The agreement, a central element in the Bush Administration's effort to develop a "global partnership" with India, must be agreed to by Congress before coming into force. The text was finalized following months of sometimes difficult negotiations regarding a number of contentious and controversial issues.

Nevertheless, there are many hurdles to overcome as many Senators and House Members are very skeptical about the ‘deal’ which they consider is harmful to the national security of the United States and setting a bad precedence as Iran, North Korea and many other nations are seeking to develop nuclear capabilities.

Statement of Ros-Lehtinen, the leading Congresswoman in the House most-powerful and influential Foreign Affairs Committee, issued by the Republican office of the Committee said:

“Like so many of my colleagues, I have a number of concerns about this proposed agreement, among them India's right to reprocess U.S.-origin nuclear fuel; transfers of technology, material, and facilities that could be used to enhance India's nuclear weapons program; and enforcement of U.S. law requiring termination of cooperation if India were to once again test a nuclear weapon.

“The proposed agreement must also be considered in the context of the growing military, political, and commercial relationship between India and Iran at a time when responsible nations are curtailing their dealings with Iran in light of the regime's pursuit of activities that could be used to achieve a nuclear weapons capability.

“In the months ahead, we will be working toward resolving these concerns that are critical to our nation's security and look forward to developing a consensus on how to proceed.”

- Asian Tribune -

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