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Talks with IAEA over nuclear deal on course: Govt

India is currently involved in the process of laying down its safeguard clauses for the Indo-US nuclear pact.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2007 20:05 IST

India is currently involved in the process of laying down its safeguard clauses for the Indo-US nuclear agreement and will decide the next course of action after placing it before the UPA-Left Joint Committee, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday.

"We have to finalise the India-specific safeguards of the agreement. It will then be placed before the UPA-Left Committee and the next course of action will be decided after that," Mukherjee said.

Mukherjee did not, however, specify the date for the next meeting of the UPA-Left Joint Committee on the nuclear deal. Following the committee's decision on November 16 to allow the government to talk to International Atomic Energy Agency, talks with the nuclear watchdog were progressing well, he said.

Pointing out that the India-specific clauses were a highly technical matter, he said while its technical aspects were being looked after by the Atomic Energy Commission, the language of it was being taken care of by officers of the Indian Foreign Service.

When asked about report of CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat threatening elections on the issue of the nuke deal, Mukherjee said, "As long as a coalition government runs, there is a threat of mid-term elections."

On Saturday in Raipur, the External Affairs minister brushed aside reports that the Left parties had threatened to withdraw support to the UPA government if it went ahead in operationalising the Indo-US nuclear deal and said the entire issue was a "media creation".

"I spoke to (CPI-M general secretary) Prakash Karat and he denied what had been published in the newspaper," Mukherjee had said.