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More time needed for India-US nuclear deal: US

Some progress has been made on resolving a number of issues on the India-US nuclear deal, says US

world Updated: Mar 29, 2007 08:42 IST

The United States says some progress has been made on resolving a number of issues on the India-US nuclear deal at the just concluded talks in New Delhi, but it is going to take a little bit of time to work out.

"I know that there have been ongoing discussions on some of the specific items that need to be arranged. Certainly there is no final agreement that's been reached, though I do believe they've made some progress on resolving a number of issues there," state department spokesman Tom Casey said on Wednesday.

"And this is something that I believe is going to take a little bit of time to work out. These are complex arrangements and it's important that we produce ultimately an agreement that conforms with US law and allows us to move forward with the confidence that both sides need," he said.

Asked if with India insisting on some conditions that are at odds with the US position and law, had they come any closer, Casey said, " Well again, this is something that people are actively discussing and negotiating now. I'd leave it to the folks out there in Delhi that are doing that to describe exactly where the process stands."