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Serious work N-deal yet to begin: Boucher

"Don't believe anything you hear about the text. It's not written yet," says the visiting US Assistant Secretary of State.

india Updated: Nov 11, 2006 22:12 IST

The US on Saturday said 'serious' negotiations are yet to begin with India on the details of an agreement to enforce the nuclear deal but made it clear that the Bush administration was committed to pushing the bill on last year's deal through the Congressional processes.

Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher said he was hopeful that the bill on civil nuclear deal will go through the Senate next week as both Republicans and Democrats were very supportive of the agreement.

"I would advise you not to start negotiating in the press on the agreement when we have not started negotiating in our own sessions," he told reporters in New Delhi.

"Don't start writing clauses. We have not started writing clauses yet," he added.

He was responding to questions on a news report that in the 123 agreement, which contains the operational aspects of the civil nuclear cooperation, the US had agreed to drop a clause barring India from conducting nuclear test in the future.

"We have not begun serious work on the text. So don't believe anything you hear about the text. It is not written yet," Boucher said.

He said the negotiators of the two countries had held "useful sessions" and talked about various concepts and things.