US still hopes to operationalise civil nuclear deal with India

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Washington, April 04 : US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Tom Casey has expressed hope about the civil nuclear agreement with India being cleared in the next few months.

"We certainly believe its still possible for this deal to move forward and for our Congress to have an opportunity to consider it," said Casey.

"It aint over until its over. And Congress will be in session for quite a ways more this year and we would certainly hope to have an opportunity to present them with this agreement and give them a chance to vote on it," he added.

Casey said the deal would strengthen the non-proliferation regimes.

"We continue to believe that the civil nuclear deal is good, not only for India and for the United States, but also good in terms of strengthening the non-proliferation regimes that are out there," Casey said.

He said the Indian Government needed to take some decisions if the deal was to be finalized.

"We do, though, respect the fact that there are still issues that the Indian political system needs to work through. And thats been the case for a while. But we certainly hope we can get there," Casey said.

ANI

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