U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Other State Department Archive SitesU.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of State
Home Issues & Press Travel & Business Countries Youth & Education Careers About State Video
Taken Question
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 3, 2008
Question Taken at October 3, 2008 Daily Press Briefing

U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Cooperation Initiative

Question: What is the process for implementing the U.S. - India 123 Agreement now that there has been Congressional approval?

Answer: Before civil nuclear trade can commence with India, some procedural actions must occur.

The United States and India must sign the U.S.-India Agreement for Cooperation Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (123 Agreement). This text has been finalized and initialed since July 2007.

President George W. Bush must sign into law the legislation recently passed by Congress approving the 123 Agreement.

After it becomes law, the President will make two certifications required under the law:
(1) that conclusion and implementation of the agreement by its terms is consistent with U.S. obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty; and
(2) that it is the policy of the United States to work with members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to further restrict transfers of equipment and technology related to uranium enrichment and reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel.

Following the certifications, India and the United States will exchange diplomatic notes pursuant to Article 16(1) of the 123 Agreement, thereby bringing the agreement into force.


Released on October 3, 2008

  Back to top

U.S. Department of State
USA.govU.S. Department of StateUpdates  |   Frequent Questions  |   Contact Us  |   Email this Page  |   Subject Index  |   Search
The Office of Electronic Information, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department. External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.
About state.gov  |   Privacy Notice  |   FOIA  |   Copyright Information  |   Other U.S. Government Information

Published by the U.S. Department of State Website at http://www.state.gov maintained by the Bureau of Public Affairs.