US, India Reach Understanding on Nuclear, Defense Ties

Leaders Vow Era of 'New Trust' Between Nations

President Obama and Indian Premier Narendra Modi have announced a “breakthrough” on nuclear and defense ties between the two countries, declaring an era of “new trust.”

The US has had a nuclear deal with India since 2005, meaning the US has continued to trade nuclear technology with them even though India is not a party to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a nuclear-armed nation.

The new deal, at least from a nuclear perspective, merely resolves questions about US tracking of nuclear material provided to India, and legal liability of suppliers to India.

The increased defense ties could potentially amount to billions of dollars for well-connected US arms suppliers, something President Obama has made a priority in his foreign policy.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of