President Bush signed into law the controversial US-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act, passed by the lame-duck US Congress. Then he issued a signing statement in which he says that a provision of the law that India’s Congress Party-led government objected to will be treated as “advisory.” According to the Hindustan Times, Section 103
says the US should try to work with other Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) members to deny India enrichment, reprocessing and heavy-water technology. It has several provisions which New Delhi is not particularly happy about.
Bush’s statement says:
My approval of the act does not constitute my adoption of the statements of policy [of Section 103] as US foreign policy.
Of course, as I have noted before, the US President has no authority to set aside parts of a law that may have been (and this case almost certainly were) crucial to its being passed in the first place.