Noting that the 123 Agreement between India and the U.S. reflected deepening relationship between the two countries, top Obama Administration officials said that it would have broader impact in the India-U.S. ties.
“I think it’s a reflection of the deepening of our relationship. We think that the 123 Agreement is in the interest of both the United States, India, and has broader impact as well,” Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P. J. Crowley told reporters at his daily news briefing.
Similarly, Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher pointed to the significant and prized relationship between the two countries.
“We’re very happy to see that this agreement is moving forward, and the reprocessing agreement is one piece of a very large 123 Agreement, and we’re happy to see that it’s moved forward,” Tauscher said.
Later in the day, the State Department released the text of the arrangements and procedures agreed between India and the United States.
The advanced consent agreement, the third such pact ever undertaken by the U.S. with another country, grants India advance consent to reprocess spent fuel of U.S. origin and fuel burned in U.S. reactors