India, US to resume talks on nuke deal
Posted on: 08:05 AM IST Apr 16, 2007
New Delhi: India and the US are to hold more talks on their civil nuclear deal in South Africa.
These talks will happen on the sidelines of the Nuclear Suppliers Group plenary meet in Cape Town starting on Monday.
Both sides will seek to sort out differences over the text of the 123 bilateral nuclear cooperation agreement.
US Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Franklin Lavin said both the US and India have responded in good faith to the nitty gritty of the implementing details and his country has no concern over it.
He was addressing a seminar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington on Saturday.
However he did not agree with a perception that the ball is in India's court and somehow New Delhi is unwilling to return the "serve".
The key area of difference is whether the US will continue to co-operate if India were to carry out more nuclear tests.
Lavin praised India for its economic reforms and policy initiatives and said that the challenge for the US and India was in making up for the "lost time".
He said the most critical element of India's globalisation today was its economic relationship with the United States.
The US Congress is expected to vote on the 123 agreement after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh meets President George Bush later this year.