Rice going to India now that nuke pact OK'd

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will travel to India on Friday to commemorate approval of a landmark U.S.-India nuclear cooperation accord.

The Senate voted 86-13 Wednesday to overturn a three-decade ban on atomic trade with India. The action hands President Bush a rare foreign policy victory in his final months in office.

Rice's spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters Thursday that Rice will be in India from Oct. 3-5 and will meet with India's leaders.

The pact allows American businesses to begin selling nuclear fuel, technology and reactors to India in exchange for safeguards and U.N. inspections at India's civilian, but not military, nuclear plants. The accord marks a major shift in U.S. policy toward nuclear-armed India.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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