The fine art of qualification
â€œI support a nuclear deal with India, in principle. There is a strong democracy in India and they abide by the principles of non-proliferation,â€ [Sen. John Kerry] said, adding, â€œI hope things with Pakistan are moving in the right direction and Pakistan too is given equal treatment, if it meets certain standards.â€ [DT/ emphasis added]
This led Pakistan’s Daily Times to announce “Kerry for equality between India, Pakistan”. The Indian press was more cautious. “Kerry cautiously backs N-deal”, the Times of India wrote, while the Indian Express reported “Kerry meets PM, positive on Indo-US civilian N-ties”. Only The Statesman helped un-equivocate Kerry. “Pro-India Kerry backs nuke deal”, it boldly told its readers.