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Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the past non-proliferation policies of the US did not achieve the goals as they resulted in a more isolated India.

Pitching vigorously for the support of the United States Congress for a nuclear deal with India, she said that the agreement strengthened international security and non-proliferation regimes besides advancing America's business opportunities.

Making a hardsell of the Indo-US nuclear deal on, Rice said the Bush administration cannot guarantee that even if the deal gets Congressional approval, the Iran-India gas pipeline would not be built.

Image: US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during a full committee hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Captiol Hill April 5, 2006 in Washington, DC. Rice answered questions about the recent civilian nuclear cooperation deal struck between the U.S. and India during the hearing titled "US-India Atomic Energy Cooperation: The Indian Separation Plan and the Administration's Legislative Proposal."

Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

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