S. Hrg. 109-384: U.S.-Indian Nuclear Energy Cooperation: Security and Nonproliferation Implications: Hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, November 2, 2005   [open pdf - 757KB]

From the opening statement of Joseph R. Biden: "The Foreign Relations Committee meets today to consider the Joint Statement issued by President Bush and Prime Minister of India on July 18, 2005. This document stands as a milestone in the United States-Indian relationship. It covers the full range of economic, political, and security issues, as well as matters related to nuclear energy cooperation, and has the potential to bring our two countries closer together than ever before… Although the Joint Statement covers many areas of policy, commentary has focused narrowly on the nuclear energy section, which states that India will be treated as, 'a responsible state with advanced nuclear technology.'...There are four key questions that today's hearing seeks to answer. The first question is, How does civil nuclear cooperation strengthen the United States-Indian strategic relationship? And why is it so important? Second, How does the Joint Statement address United States concerns about India's nuclear programs and policies? Third, What effects will the Joint Statement have on other proliferation challenges, such as Iran and North Korea and the export policies of Russia and China? And, fourth, What impact will the Joint Statement have on the efficacy and future of the NPT and the international nonproliferation regime?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Joseph R. Biden, Nicholas R. Burns, Ashton B. Carter, Robert G. Joseph, Michael Krepon, Ronald F. Lehman, II., Richard G. Lugar, Henry D. Sokolski, Robert J. Einhorn, Russell D. Feingold, and Stephen G. Rademaker.

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