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Britain Relaxes Control on Nuclear Technology Exports to India

Britain says it will relax controls on the export of civilian nuclear technology to India.

The British government says India is a key international partner in fighting terrorism and weapons of mass destruction following India's agreement to adhere to international guidelines on nuclear nonproliferation.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw also noted the ongoing improvement in India's relations with Pakistan.

Last month, New Delhi and Washington reached an agreement under which India agreed to separate its civilian and military nuclear programs, continue a moratorium on nuclear testing and open the civilian facilities for U.N. inspections.

Under the accord, the United States promised India full cooperation in helping India fulfill its growing energy needs, including the sale of nuclear power plants.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.