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'Indo-US N-deal won't be hostage to India signing CTBT'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today made it clear that the Indo-US civil nuclear deal will not be held "hostage" to India signing the CTBT. "I worked very hard for the Indo-US civil nuclear deal. I am very committed to its full implementation," she affirmed. Listen to podcast audio

india Updated: Jul 20, 2009 01:55 IST

The Indo-US civil nuclear deal will not be held "hostage" to India signing the CTBT, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made it clear on Saturday.

"No. not at all," Clinton said in an interview to Times NowTV channel when asked if the deal would be held hostage to India signing the treaty.

"I worked very hard for the Indo-US civil nuclear deal. I am very committed to its full implementation," she affirmed.

However, she said that during her discussions with Indian leadership in New Delhi starting on Sunday she would explore how India could help the US to ensure that nuclear material and knowledge is kept out of rogue states and non-state actors, Clinton said.

She said she would also like to find out "what is the appropriate non-proliferation programme for the future. India has the capacity to determine where it wants to go in this particular area."

Ruling out any role for the US as a "broker" between India and Pakistan in resolving the Kashmir issue, she said "the decision has to be between India and Pakistan and it must take into account the feeling of people of Kashmir."