No climb down on nuclear issue, claims Yechury

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Shimla, Nov 23 (UNI) The CPM today denied any dilution in the Left Parties stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal, saying there ''is no change in the parties' stand even as it was allowing the UPA Government to hold talks with the IAEA.

The UPA-Left coordination committee on the issue allowed the government to approach the international nuclear watchdog, but refrained it from signing any deal, party's Polit Buro member Sitaram Yechury said at a press conference here.

He said the talks between the IAEA and the Government would be discussed in the UPA-Left committee, which would decide the future course of action.

Mr Yechury, who is also a member of the committee, said earlier the party was opposing the government's talks with the IAEA at all.

But, since the government has promised it would return to the committee after consultations with the IAEA, without signing the deal, the Left has agreed to it, he said.

The CPM leader reiterated that the Left's stand on the nuclear pact remained unchanged.


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