US reiterates commitment to N-deal with India

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Washington, Oct 26: The Bush Administration reiterated its commitment for the Indo-US Civil Nuclear agreement and would like to move forward with it, says the State Department spokesman Sean McCormack.

Asked whether he was hopeful of the deal going through by 2008 as one of his colleagues had earlier stated, McCormack said, ''I'm not going to make any predictions. We continue to support it, though earlier, in reply to the main question, he said, ''well, I understand there are a lot of intensive domestic political discussions [going on] in India [on the agreement]. The Indian Government and the Indian political system will play out those discussions. It's not something that we're going to directly participate in''.

He, however said, ''we are still very supportive of the deal. We still would like to see it move forward, but the Indian Government and the political system is engaged in a debate and we'll see what the outcome of that debate is''.

Under the agreement, the United States would provide India with nuclear fuel and technology even though New Delhi is not a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

In return, India must put its non-military nuclear facilities under international safeguards, including inspections.


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