India, US discuss Nuke deal

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New Delhi, Sep 1: Senior US diplomat Richard Boucher on Monday, Sep 1 discussed the Indo-US Nuclear Deal with Minister of State for External Affairs, Anand Sharma in the wake of India receiving a blow towards the Indo-US campaign. The draft is not favourable with New Zealand and Austria. These two countries have led a block of six in opposing the first draft submitted on August 21 and August 22.

Austria, Switzerland, Ireland and Norway are giving a nod for adding extra conditions like the termination of nuclear cooperation in case of India conducting a nuclear test and periodic review of India's compliance with non-proliferation norms before granting a waiver to New Delhi from the existing rules of nuclear trade. In fact, many of the amendments proposed by some 15 countries have not found mention in the new draft, which is believed to contain tougher language but doesn't lay down conditions on India.

Atleast 20 countries have seeked 50 amendments in the draft. The NSG will meet again on Thursday, Sep 4 to consider allowing nuclear trade with India.

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