U.S.-India Nuke Deal Could Hinge On Behind-the-Scenes G-8 Meeting

U.S.-India Nuke Deal Could Hinge On Behind-the-Scenes   G-8 Meeting

Nicholas Burns, the U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, hastily ended a brief visit to India last weekend after failing to reach an agreement with Indian Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon on the long-anticipated U.S.-India nuclear deal.

Both countries, however, appear hopeful that the issue is going to get a renewed push from the highest political level this week when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and U.S. President George W. Bush meet on the sidelines of the Group of 8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.

The way the proposed deal is laid out now, the United States would ship nuclear fuel and power plant know-how to India in exchange for safeguards and U.N. inspections at India's 14 civilian nuclear plants. India's eight military plants would not be subjected to such inspections.

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