Tuesday, January 13, 2004

US, India increase cooperation

The US is extending its cooperation with India regarding nuclear reactors, space programs, and high-technology trade:

President Bush pledged Monday to increase cooperation with India on civilian nuclear reactors, space programs and high-technology trade.

The United States will not offer India any technologies that could boost its nuclear weapons or missile programs, or items such as high-resolution remote-imaging technologies that could be used for weapons targeting, U.S. officials said. American help will be granted in phases and be contingent on India taking counter-proliferation measures to ensure that sensitive technologies are neither diverted inside the country nor exported, the officials said.

Bush hailed the proposed cooperation as "an important milestone in transforming the relationship between the United States and India."


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