Washington, Dec 20: Apparently seeking to allay concerns in India, US President George W Bush has said his signing of the nuclear bill into law did not mean he endorsed all its contents and that he considered certain portions like restrictions on transfers as merely "advisory".
In a statement issued shortly after signing the Henry J Hyde US-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act yesterday, Bush indicated that he did not agree with provisions like Section 103 and Section 104(d)(2) in the legislation.
"Section 103 of the Act purports to establish US policy with respect to various international affairs matters. My approval of the Act does not constitute my adoption of the statements of policy as US foreign policy.
"Given the Constitution's commitment to the presidency of the authority to conduct the nation's foreign affairs, the executive branch shall construe such policy statements as advisory," Bush said.
Section 103 suggests that the US would oppose development of a capability to produce nuclear weapons by any non-nuclear weapon state within or outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) regime.
The section also says that the US would work with Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) members to further restrict transfers of equipment and technologies related to uranium enrichment, reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel and production of heavy water to all countries, including India.
The US government will also seek to prevent transfer of these equipment and technologies from other members of NSG or from any other source if the transfers are suspended or terminated.