US-India nuclear deal set to face final hurdle
US:The US Senate has agreed to vote Wednesday on a nuclear pact with
India, the final legislative hurdle for a deal that would overturn a
three-decade ban on civilian nuclear trade with New Delhi.
A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the deal
would go before the Senate for a vote late Wednesday, after being
approved in the lower House of Representatives on the weekend.
“We will have a vote tomorrow evening on two amendments and final
passage of the US-India cooperation deal,” spokeswoman Regan Lachapelle
The amendments were related to “the subject of US responses in the
event of a future Indian nuclear test,” she said, without elaborating.
India has argued that it has the sovereign right to conduct such a
test, while Washington has said the deal would be off if one were
If the Senate endorses the agreement it would finally end a three
decades-long ban on nuclear trade with India imposed after it carried
out its first nuclear test in 1974 and refused to sign the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).