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Indo-US N-deal: tough issues remain, says US

Washington says there are a couple of 'tough issues' left to be resolved to conclude the civil nuclear agreement but the deal is within reach.

world Updated: Jul 19, 2007 10:45 IST

Indian and US officials were on Wednesday engaged in a fresh round of negotiations to conclude the civil nuclear agreement, with Washington saying there are a couple of "tough issues" left to be resolved but the deal was within reach.

As officials of the two sides met, the Bush administration expressed confidence that both India and the United States are going to try to "make a push" to finalise the 123 Agreement that a deal can be done but the question was one of timing.

At the State Department, Spokesman Sean McCormack stressed that Washington is willing to work in a "constructive manner" to get the deal done and this was also the case as far as the Indian negotiators were concerned.

"We're going to take stock of where we are in negotiating the so-called 1-2-3 agreement. This is a serious, high-level delegation. And it's really to try to make a push to get this agreement over the finish line. There are a couple of tough issues that we have left to resolve. We believe that we can get a deal; we can get an agreement," McCormack said in his regular briefing.

"I think it really comes down to a matter of timing. When is that going to get done? This meeting will provide us a good indicator as to the answer to that question. When can we get that deal done," the Spokesman added.

During the meetings, "we'll see if we're able to bridge the differences. There is certainly -- there is a willingness on our part to work in a constructive manner to get a deal done. And I suspect that you would hear the same thing from our Indian partners. But you can ask them where they stand," he said.