US puts onus on India for implementation of n-deal

Putting the onus on India,Hillary Clinton said the US has made clear the steps New Delhi needs to take “to allow us to move forward” on implementation of bilateral civil nuclear deal.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Published:October 10, 2011 2:13 am

Putting the onus on India,Hillary Clinton on Sunday said the US has made clear the steps New Delhi needs to take “to allow us to move forward” on implementation of bilateral civil nuclear deal.

“We remain fully committed to expanding the civil nuclear cooperation with India,” she said when asked if India’s nuclear liability bill was an irritant in the bilateral relations.

Without directly responding to the question,Clinton mentioned two specific steps India needs to take — ratify the Convention of Supplementary Compensation (CSC) for nuclear damages and engage with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure that the liability regime conforms with the international norms.

Clinton emphasised Washington’s commitment on the issue by citing the recent Nuclear Safety Energy Summit in Mumbai,“where you saw a host of top-tier American companies working to expand our private engagement and investment in the civil nuclear sector.”

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