IAEA pact undermines India’s strategic autonomy: BJP (Lead)

July 14th, 2008 - 8:37 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bharatiya Janata Party

New Delhi, July 14 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday said that the Congress-led government’s move to go ahead with the India-US nuclear deal will undermine the country’s strategic autonomy. In his strongest denunciation of the nuclear deal, BJP vice president Yashwant Sinha and Rajya Sabha MP Arun Shourie said in a statement that the betrayal of India’s interests was reflected in the draft safeguards agreement reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the global nuclear watchdog.

The BJP leaders charged the UPA government with “assisting the US in realising its most important foreign policy objective vis-

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