AUGUST 3, 2007 - MARKEY RESPONDS TO RELEASE OF U.S.-INDIA NUCLEAR COOPERATION AGREEMENT

Agreement Inconsistent with Hyde Act, previous Administration statements

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA), released the following statement on the newly-available text of the agreement for nuclear cooperation between the United States and India:

“I am glad to finally receive the text of the agreement for nuclear cooperation between the United States and India, after it had been withheld from Congress for the past two weeks. Members of Congress and their staffs will be scrutinizing this text over the coming weeks and months given the enormous significance of this agreement to US-India relations as well as global nuclear nonproliferation policy.

“After an initial review, I am more concerned than ever that this agreement is outside the bounds that Congress set in law last year. Conceding to India reprocessing rights for US-origin material, agreeing to the creation of a strategic fuel reserve which would render toothless any termination of trade if India breaks the agreement, and refusing to explicitly bar Indian nuclear explosive testing are all inconsistent with the law and the intent of Congress. The burden of proof that the Administration must bear to demonstrate the legality of this agreement is massive, perhaps impossibly so.”

 

 

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August 3, 2007

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