N-tests right or not is the question after the Nuke deal

Last updated on Sep 11, 2008

Posted on Sep 11, 2008

There has been this debate about whether the US-India Nuke deal and the NSG waiver will let India do future tests or not?  Now, it comes from David Mulford, US Ambassador to India’s mouth that India has the sovereign right to conduct N-tests in future.

“If you ask me can India conduct a (nuclear) test, my answer is India has had and will always have the sovereign right to conduct a test. That has never been debated,” US Ambassador to India David C Mulford told Karan Thapar on ‘India Tonight’ programme of CNBC-TV18.
India has got a “clean” waiver from the Nuclear Suppliers Group to participate in global nuclear trade, he said.
He said it was not a “correct interpretation” to say that there would be a periodic review of the NSG waiver.
“But it is very important and understandable that a group like this (NSG), when an exceptional decision is being made, then there will be a continuation of exchange of views between parties,” Mulford said.

So, is this double-speak?  What do you think?

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