Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Jekyll and Hyde Deal?


The bilateral nuclear agreement between the US and India called the Henry Hyde Act was passed by the US congress last December. Under this Act,the draft detailing the peaceful nuclear cooperation agreement — known as the 123 agreement,after the numbered clause of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act from which it is derived —and which is a prerequisite of the Act, is now facing major differences as USA is now taking a hard stance on nuclear testing, life time fuel guarantees and reprocessing rights of spent fuel.
The press briefing of the white house on may 17th 2007,indicated possible travel plans for Nick Burns, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, next week to India.It also stated that the 123 Agreement was not complete, but positive discussions would take place soon on important issues of Nonproliferation and Nuclear Energy.
Hence, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee told members of Parliament that several rounds of discussions had already taken place and joint statements of the PM,Manmohan Singh and US President George Bush have been laid on the table of the House and that next week may be the decisive round to sort out the remaining issues for finalising the agreement when Burns meets with Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon.

In a new turnaround,even though the Bush administration has claimed progress on the 123 agreement as a prerequisite to implement the Indo-US nuclear deal, Nicholas Burns has cancelled his planned visit to New Delhi.
On May 2nd of this month, some US representatives have sent an open letter to Indian PM indicating concerns about an increasing cooperation with Iran. Read the document here

A contrarian view to the Hyde Act is that it will tie India's options and make her a vassal state of the US is opined in this article

1 comment:

Omni said...

This N Deal is gonna be No Deal