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US ready for nuke deal regardless of India’s timing

US ready for nuke deal regardless of India’s timing
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First Published: Thu, Dec 06 2007. 01 19 PM IST
Updated: Thu, Dec 06 2007. 01 19 PM IST
Washington: The United States has said that it will move forward on the civil nuclear deal process in India, irrespective of the time India takes.
“In terms of the decisions within the Indian political system, the US respects the needs and the rights of their political leaders to work this through themselves. But we’re ready and able to move forward whenever India would like us to,” said Tom Casey, deputy spokesman, State Department.
He said that Washington will continue to expannd its relations with India, regardless of the outcome or the timing of the agreement, Washington will continue to expand its relations with India. India is an increasingly important player on the world stage, he added.
“We understand that the Indian government has its own political process that it needs to work through, and we fully expect that, regardless of the outcome or the timing of this agreement, we’re going to continue to expand our relations with India,” the senior official said.
He expressed the hope that the deal will be finalised as it was in the best interest of the two countries and global non-proliferation efforts.. “We continue to believe it’s something that’s in the best interests of the United States, of India and nuclear weapons,” said he.
“We want to make sure that not only we see this nuclear agreement move forward, but that more importantly, our broader relations with India continue to develop and grow,” he said.
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First Published: Thu, Dec 06 2007. 01 19 PM IST