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Sep 11, 2008 at 12:38am IST

123 Agreement to be tabled in US Congress

New Delhi: US Ambassador to India David Mulford has said that New Delhi has assured Washington it will not enter into deals with other countries for purchasing nuclear technology until the 123 Agreement is signed.

Mulford also said that the 123 Agreement would be tabled in the US Congress within two days and would be passed soon.

"Well, we are planning to present it virtually any moment," Mulford said.

When asked to specify the time when the 123 Agreement would be tabled, he said, "Today or tomorrow."

Mulford maintained India got a clean NSG waiver for the nuclear deal and that India's unilateral moratorium on testing has not been made into an international binding legal commitment.

Mulford also said that India had the sovereign right to test and that both New Delhi and Washington were bound only by the 123 Agreement and added that both the Republicans and Democrats wanted to see the deal through.

Also US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has met the influential lawmaker Howard Berman, who is a leading critic of the Indo-US nuclear deal, putting pressure on the anti-deal lobby.

Along with questions about China's role at the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), there are some fears also that China may want to hit back by looking at a similar exception for Pakistan.

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