US 'not pushing but waiting' for India on N deal

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New Delhi, Jan 28: The United States will not interfere in India's domestic political matters regarding the Civilian Nuclear Agreement and will conclude the deal once New Delhi is ready and through with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) procedures.

US Ambassador to India, David Mulford, told reporters here today that Washington was ''not pushing but only patiently waiting'' for India to conclude the safeguards agreement with the IAEA. ''The US has followed a policy of respecting India's political process. That continues even now. It is a very keen desire on our part not to interfere with the political process in India...we will wait for india...'' he said in reply to a question.

The Ambassador, however, said both governments were in touch on the issue and hoped that the talks between India and the IAEA would be successful. Asked whether he was ''disappointed'' over the delay in the final implementation of the agreement, the Ambassador said there was no question of disappointment.

''We have high respect for democracy...It (the deal) is good for India, the US and the world...It is practical to complete it (the process) during this administration,'' he said.

Asked whether the US would start playing its role with the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), he said they did not wish to get involved until IAEA gave its clearance.


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