November 16, 2006 - MARKEY DENOUNCES ANTICIPATED SENATE PASSAGE OF US-INDIA NUCLEAR DEAL

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Tonight, Rep. Edward J. Markey, co-chair of the House Bipartisan Taskforce on Nonproliferation, released the following statement in anticipation of the Senate’s approval of the U.S.-India nuclear deal:

“It is a sad day for U.S. national security when the Senate passes a sweeping exemption to our nonproliferation laws that will allow India to increase its annual bomb-production capacity from 7 to over 40 bombs a year.”

“Granting India a special exemption from international and U.S. nuclear nonproliferation laws and guidelines sends the wrong signal at a time when the world is trying to prevent Iran from getting the bomb.  If the U.S. sends India nuclear materials or technology we will be setting a precedent that other nations can invoke when they seek nuclear cooperation with countries that also refuse to abide by nonproliferation rules.”

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November 16, 2006

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