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Published:December 13th, 2007 08:21 EST
Bush Administration's Proposed Nuclear Trade Deal with India

Bush Administration's Proposed Nuclear Trade Deal with India

By SOP newswire

The Bush Administration has forged a nuclear trade deal that, for the first time in 30 years, will allow the United States to trade nuclear fuel and technology with India.  The so-called 123 Agreement is widely considered to be a major break with decades-old nuclear non-proliferation policy.  There has been bitter debate and opposition to the deal in India by opposition parties despite additional U.S. concessions to India, including a provision that would allow India to continue to test nuclear weapons.  Congress must agree to the deal before it can be implemented, and a vote may come soon next year.

Leading authorities on nuclear policy will hold a briefing on Capitol Hill this Friday, December 14, to answer key questions.  Does the agreement conform to U.S. law and international treaties?   What will its impact be on nuclear non-proliferation, national security and global stability?  Has the Bush Administration made too many concessions to India?

Members of the media are invited to attend this briefing hosted by the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.

WHO:              Henry Sokolski, executive director of the Nonproliferation Policy Education Center, Former Deputy for Nonproliferation Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense
Sharon Squassoni, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
WHEN:            Friday, December 14, 2007; 9:00 a.m. " 10:00 a.m.
WHERE:         1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C.
Longworth is south of the Capitol, and bounded by Independence Avenue, New Jersey Avenue, South Capitol Street, and C Street, S.E.
RSVP:             Leonor Tomero, (202) 546-0795 ext. 119,