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Indian PM defends nuclear deal with U.S.

NEW DELHI - India is free to keep developing and testing nuclear weapons under its much-touted atomic cooperation pact with the United States, the country's prime minister said Monday, defending the deal in front of lawmakers who noisily demanded it be scrapped
Indian and U.S. leaders say the deal will cement a strategic partnership between the world's two largest democracies after decades spent on opposite sides of the Cold War divide.

But India's' right to push ahead with its cherished weapons program and, if needed, test atomic bombs has been seized on by critics of the deal in both countries, although for different reasons.

American critics say the deal, which only covers civilian cooperation, could also aid India's weapons program by freeing up domestic supplies of nuclear fuel, such as uranium. The pact reverses three decades of American policy by allowing the U.S. to send a

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Added: Aug-13-2007 
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