The United States believes the Indo-U.S. civilian nuclear agreement will be signed but is not certain when it will happen.
Asked whether there was a hiccup, State Department deputy spokesman Robert Wood said on Monday, “I think it’s just administrative matters.... I’m not aware of any concerns that the Indian government may have, but I’d refer you to them with regard to any concerns that they might have.”
President Bush is to sign the enabling legislation into law on Wednesday. India has held off signing the 123 Agreement till Bush puts his signature to the bill. Wood said it is important to focus on what has been accomplished. “It’s a great deal for both India and the United States.”
When asked whether the agreement would be signed before the next administration, Wood said, “You know, I’ve learned never to put timeframes on things like this.”