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Bush signs U.S.-India nuclear trade pact

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- An agreement opening civilian nuclear trade between the United States and India was signed in Washington Wednesday by U.S. President George Bush.

The legislation ends a 34-year ban on nuclear technology trade between the two countries by allowing the U.S. to share nuclear technologies and materials with India for civilian purposes. Indian officials said they would open some of their nuclear facilities to inspections.

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"This act will strengthen the relationship between the United States and India and deliver valuable benefits to both nations," Bush said during the signing ceremony. "The passage of this legislation reflects the common view of my administration and the Congress as to the value of nuclear cooperation and is in the interest of the United States and India."

The U.S.-India Nuclear Cooperation Approval and Non-proliferation Enhancement Act also transmits a message to other countries as well, Bush said.

"This agreement sends a signal to the world," he said. "Nations that follow the path of democracy and responsible behavior will find a friend in the United States of America."

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