New Delhi, Oct 28 (UNI) Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger tonight said India's failure to implement the nuclear deal with the United States could raise questions about its trustworthiness and might affect New Delhi's chance for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
''Undoubtedly there would be disappointment and also there would be a question as to what extent one can calculate Indian reaction to the negotiations on other subjects,'' Mr Kissinger told 'Devil's Advocate' programme on CNN-IBN channel.
''Definitely, people would make that argument,'' Mr Kissinger said, when asked whether questions could be raised in the US about India's reliability if the nuclear deal failed to get through.
''The failure of the deal would certainly, in an intangible way, affect calculations because when an American leader goes down a certain road, he stakes his prestige on the ability to get it executed. So in that sense, it would undoubtedly be a setback,'' he said.
Insisting that India should ratify the deal for ''its own reasons'', he admitted that the failure would certainly be a disappointment for the Bush administration which ''has put a lot of effort behind it''.
''Other countries, from whom India has been seeking support for the deal, could also wonder what is going on and what that reflects,'' he said.