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India downplays controversial provisions in Senate bill

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September 25, 2008 11:51 IST

India on Wednesday sought to downplay the controversial provisions of a bill cleared by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the India-United States nuclear agreement with a rider that will prevent the transfer of nuclear equipment, materials or technology from the Nuclear Suppliers Group countries or any other source in the event of New Delhi conducting a test.

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"I would not like to comment on their internal process," Foreign Secretary Shiv Shanker Menon told reporters when asked for the Indian government's reaction to the Senate Committee's clearance of a bill with a rider.

"We are not going to comment on what they (Congress) do internally," he said.

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Menon also reiterated the government's position that India has the "right to conduct a (nuclear) test and the US has the right to react."

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