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BANGALORE: The BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, L.K. Advani, on Tuesday said the National Democratic Alliance, if voted to power, would take a decision on the India-U.S. nuclear deal keeping in mind that “a treaty signed by the earlier government cannot be easily disregarded.”

Asked whether the NDA would review the deal, he told journalists here: “I do not want to say anything on the issue at this point of time. How to deal with the nuclear treaty is a matter which can be considered only [when] in the government.”

At the same time, he made it clear that the NDA’s policy would continue to be that “the two major democracies [India and the U.S.] should have cordial relationship.”

Vision document

Meanwhile, the BJP’s infrastructure vision document released on Tuesday said the NDA would launch vigorous international initiatives for India’s long-term energy security.

India’s relationship with the U.S. was very cordial during the NDA regime despite the economic sanctions imposed by America in the wake of the Pokhran tests, he said.

Mr. Advani said it “hurt” when the then Leader of the Opposition, Manmohan Singh, strongly criticised the nuclear tests carried out by the NDA government by terming these an “unwise step.”

“Everyone knew that when we wanted to go in for a nuclear test, America would not like it. Indians all over the country were proud. Within the country, they criticised us.”

Mr. Advani said the NDA government had anticipated sanctions and it managed to overcome them. “The sanctions hurt them (the U.S.) more than us.”

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