CALLING for a united fight against terrorism in the light of Saturday's bomb blasts in Delhi, Indian External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said it is 'not the time to pass the buck to each other' but a time for all to join the fight against terror, reports Doordarshan. The senior AICC leader was reacting to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's claim that he had alerted the Centre to the bomb attacks on Delhi at the inauguration of a passport office in Coimbatore on Sunday. "We have laws like TADA. We had POTA and have preventive detention," he said on the BJP's demand for enactment of a stringent law against terror. There is no dearth of laws to tackle terrorism in India but the problem lies in their proper implementation and utilisation of the enforcement and intelligence agencies, Pranab said. Terming the Delhi blasts as 'unfortunate,' he said, "They have proved that India alone is the worst victim of terrorism. There should be zero tolerance to terrorism." He said India can conduct nuclear tests in the future, if necessary, but it has to be ready to face consequences. "If the country considers it is necessary to conduct nuclear tests, it can do so. Nothing stops us in this (123) agreement. Therefore, we are entitled to conduct nuclear tests if it is found necessary," he told the news channel. Pranab said, "Every country has its own rules for nuclear tests and therefore we (India) also have sovereign right to go for the nuclear tests, if required." However, he added that if the country conducts a test, it has to face consequences as witnessed in 1974 and 1998, hinting at possibility of sanctions as were imposed after the Pokhran I and II atomic tests. Asked whether the Indo-US nuclear deal will be signed during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the US later this month, Pranab said, "Let's wait and see, the process has already started." On whether the deal will see a smooth passage in the US Congress, he refused to comment, saying it will not be proper on his part to react how the US Congress would debate. But, he said he was hopeful that the deal will be ratified. "India is free to conduct nuclear trade with any country be it France, Russia or UK and there is nothing like first among equals. For India every country is equal," he said, when asked whether American nuclear companies will be given preferential agreement. To a question on whether any 'secret deal' entered into by France and Russia with the USA would come in the way of implementing the deal, he said any deal that other countries had with the superpower would not stand in the way of the 123 agreement, which is a bilateral one between it and India. Meanwhile, a key minister says the decision by nuclear supplier nations to end a decades-old ban on civilian nuclear trade with India has vaulted it into the ranks of the world's major global political powers. Ten days ago, the United States finally won approval in Vienna for the one-off waiver for India to take part in civilian atomic trade, a vital step to final approval by the US Congress of a nuclear pact between the two countries. The decision marked "India's arrival on the scene as a pre-eminent country in terms of technological, economic and strategic importance in a globalised world," Minister of State for Industry and Commerce Ashwani Kumar told AFP in an interview. The move by the Nuclear Suppliers' Group helps position "India strategically at the high table of global politics," Kumar added. As for global nuclear energy companies, the decision opens the door to an atomic reactor market worth tens of billions of dollars. A host of companies " from France's state-controlled Areva, Westinghouse Electric Co and General Electric of the US to Russia's atomic energy agency Rosatom " have been jockeying for a slice of India's lucrative civilian nuclear technology market. India and France, linked since 1998 by a "strategic partnership", could sign a major nuclear trade pact at the end of this month but only once the landmark India-US nuclear deal has been ratified by Congress, Kumar said. The US Congress said Thursday it would examine the 2005 agreement with India sent for approval by the White House. Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joseph Biden, who heads the Senate foreign relations committee, said the panel "will act promptly to review the agreement in a hearing," possibly as soon as this week. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to hold bilateral talks with French officials in Paris on September 29. According to Kumar, the nuclear agreement has already been drawn up and the documents are ready for signatures. "When it comes to bilateral agreement, I see no difficulty," he said. "We hope it should be possible by the end of this month." The details of the accord are believed to have been finalised in January when French President Nicolas Sarkozy visited India. Kumar highlighted the potential for "large-scale" cooperation with France in the field of nuclear civilian energy and said French companies like Areva were already in touch with Indian partners. "Areva is in serious negotiations," the minister said. India, where many areas endure regular blackouts, has been denied access to civilian nuclear technology since it tested an atomic weapon in 1974 and refused to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Kumar said the NSG waiver would benefit energy-hungry India as it seeks ways to broaden its fuel sources to feed its fast-growing economy and meet the challenges of global warming. "This agreement will certainly further reinforce India's technological abilities and will tell the world it has unlimited possibilities to offer for a mutually beneficial economic partnership," he said. "As a country of 1.1 billion people with an (annual average) growth rate of 8.5 percent there is no way its economic potential can be missed by any country," Kumar added. "In this Asian century, this decade is for India."