Washington: Richard Boucher, U.S Assistant Secretary of State said that an expeditious approval of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal holds out the prospect of finding an “easy agreement” with the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), but that it could take “another” meeting after August to finalize the waiver for India.
On 21August, the U.S will seek a waiver for nuclear trade with India from the NSG, which consists of countries that export nuclear material and technology, before the deal is sent to the American Congress for ratification.
On 1August consensus was established on a safeguards agreement for India which would be a key step for initiating civilian nuclear cooperation with New Delhi under the deal.
The top diplomat agreed that “there are a lot of serious issues” involved before the work is done in the NSG. Some media reports have suggested that India and the U.S have planed a second meeting of the NSG in early September.
“We are relying on the understanding of other partners in this effort... We’re asking people to look closely and quickly in the Nuclear Suppliers Group, to move expeditiously, and we hope that will happen, and then we’ll go to the U.S Congress,” Boucher was quoted as saying last week in Japan, a transcript of which has been released here.
“We’re trying to listen to other governments .. and we’ll have a more complete discussion later this month with the other nuclear suppliers,” he stressed. Even as agreeing that it is “a tight timetable” he said, “now that India has told us they’re ready to move forward, we’re determined to move as far as we can, as quickly as we can.”