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Rice Says US Still Supports Nuclear Deal With India

U. S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has emphasized the United States' support for a nuclear deal with India, in a phone call Monday with Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee Monday.

The agreement would allow India to buy nuclear fuel and technology from the United States. It has been stalled by debate among Indian lawmakers.

India's communist politicians are threatening to pull out of the ruling coalition if the deal goes through. They argue that the deal will undermine India's independent foreign policy and nuclear weapons program.

The U.S. suspended nuclear trade with New Delhi in 1974, when India conducted a nuclear test without signing a nuclear nonproliferation treaty.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.