Asked if Pakistan's objection to the safeguards agreement with the IAEA will further delay the accord from becoming operational, Hill requested Schulte to take the question.
Schulte said the agreement will benefit "everyone in the region, including India's neighbours".
Hill is in Vienna to seek the cooperation of the IAEA in helping North Korea to denuclearise. "I am expecting that the board of governors will approve this agreement on August 1. It is a sound agreement based upon established safeguards principles. This is an agreement that has benefits for everyone in the region, including India's neighbours," said Schulte.
"Basically India is committed to move into the non proliferation mainstream and the safeguards agreement will allow India to put 14 of its 22 nuclear facilities under safeguards. In future all of India's civil reactors will come under safeguards and this is a benefit to all," added Schulte, permanent representative of the US to the UN Office in Vienna including the IAEA.