Like we need more proliferation

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday that the U.N. nuclear watchdog and India appear to be within weeks of an agreement on oversight of New Delhi’s civilian nuclear program – a deal that is key to a U.S. atomic deal with the South Asian country.The announcement came on the first day of Sarkozy’s two-day visit to India aimed at cementing French-Indian diplomatic and political links. Notably absent was Sarkozy’s girlfriend, model-singer Carla Bruni, who declined to accompany him, reportedly because they were not yet married.

India’s deal with the International Atomic Energy Agency would be an important step in finalizing India’s landmark atomic energy deal with the United States – as well as allowing it to press forward with similar agreements with France and other nuclear powers.

“India has never proliferated, and it has made it clear that it wants to separate its civil nuclear program from its military one,” Sarkozy said at a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“To the best of my knowledge, it’s only a matter of weeks and the authorization (from the IAEA) will be given,” he told reporters.

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