Indo-US Nuclear deal not reached dead-end: PM

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New Delhi, Oct 30 (UNI) India today asserted that the Civilian Nuclear Agreement with the US had not reached a dead-end but was only delayed while Germany hoped that New Delhi would abide by IAEA guidelines.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, addressing a joint press conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel here, said ''there is some delay but we have not reached the end of the road...there are some problems and we are trying to resolve these...there is a need to evolve a broad-based consensus and efforts are on in that direction.'' The German Chancellor who arrived here last night on a three-day State visit to India, hoped that India would abide by international rules and IAEA guidelines.

Replying to a question on UN Security Council reforms and G-4, the Prime Minister said all four members of the G-4 are convinced that if the Security Council is to reflect the contemporary needs and meet the challenges, it needs reform.

India and Germany, besides Japan and Brazil, form the G-4 which are fighting for permanent membership of the UNSC.

He said there is support for reforms and both India and Germany had decided to work together.

The German Chancellor said the two countries would continue cooperation within the G-4 as both had interest in UNSC reforms.

She, however, admitted that the spirit for UNSC reforms seemed to be ''waning.'' MORE UNI

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