President Bush signs N-Deal bill
US President Bush signed the nuclear deal bill into domestic law at a brief White House ceremony on Wednesday. He reiterated the primacy of the bilateral agreement between USA and India, saying the bill was an important enabling legislation that allowed him to bring the 123 Agreement into force and to accept on behalf of the United States the obligations contained in the Agreement.
The 123 Agreement provides wide latitude to India’s nuclear program and cooperation with Washington. In a statement, President Bush overruled the non-proliferation hardliners in acceding to India’s rights for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel and stood by the fuel assurance commitments.