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Last week, the suppliers group tightened rules on the sale of nuclear technology. Although details were not disclosed, Indian news reports said the group will require sellers and buyers of nuclear power technology to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The group’s move “effectively punched a hole in the historic waiver India negotiated” in the nuclear deal with the United States, the influential Hindu newspaper said this week.

Mr. Roemer, however, said the U.S.-India deal is safe.

“Our law clearly points to a clean waiver for India,” he said.

Mr. Roemer, a former president of the Center for National Policy in Washington, is returning to private life after two years as ambassador in New Delhi.

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