U. S. to Assist India's Nuclear Weapons Program

March 7, 2006

On March 2, George Bush and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh signed an agreement under which the U.S. government endorses and assists India's nuclear weapons program.

Under the accord, the U.S. will supply India with nuclear fuel for electrical generation, thereby freeing India to use its limited uranium reserves for nuclear weapons. Arms control specialists estimate that this will enable India to increase it production of nuclear bombs from 6-10/year to several dozen.

In addition, the U.S. endorses India's demand to keep 1/3 of its current and future nuclear reactors, including breeder reactors used to make fuel for nuclear bombs, free from any inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency.

The deal blatantly violates several international and U.S. laws. The nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty forbids any country from helping another's nuclear weapons program. Several U.S. laws, including the Nonproliferation Act, also prohibit such export of U.S. nuclear fuel.

The U.S.-India nuclear deal again shows the utter hypocrisy and absolute lawlessness of U.S. imperialism. On the one hand, the U.S. government rants and raves about the "danger of nuclear proliferation" to exert pressure against Iran, North Korea and other countries. On the other hand, its helps strengthen the nuclear arsenals of its allies, such as Israel and India.

The constant goal of U.S. imperialism is to maintain and strengthen its nuclear superiority and use this as a threat against any and every country outside its "orbit." Commenting on the nuclear pact with India, the Defense Department said it opened the path for more U. S.-Indian military cooperation, saying "the prospects are promising, whether in the realm of combat aircraft, helicopters, maritime patrol aircraft or naval vessels" (quoted in the NYT 3/3/06).