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'N-deal: Time is running out for India'

Amid the standoff between ruling Congress and opposition parties over the nuclear deal, the US has once again reminded India that time is running out for the deal.

world Updated: Jun 21, 2008 09:15 IST

The United States has once again reminded India that time is running out for the Indo-US nuclear deal, saying everyday that is delayed makes the pact much more difficult to be implemented.

"We are talking to them (India) about it (deal), in as much as they are briefing us on their efforts. I think it's more they're coming to us to say," State Department spokesman McCormack told reporters.

"This is what we're trying to do to resolve internal political differences that are holding up the deal moving forward."

The spokesman was asked whether Washington was in touch with New Delhi on the nuclear deal and if there is still time on the US side to get the deal done in 2008.

McCormack said that a separate branch of government as well as other international Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and IAEA will be dealing with the deal.

"...And every single day that the Indian government delays and has delayed is a day that makes it much more difficult to get this done," he said.

"All of that said, you know, we'll, of course, continue to work very closely with Senator Biden, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, as well as others on that committee, should the Indian government get to a different place," the spokesman said.