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US 'fully committed' to implementing N-deal with India: Blake

world Updated: Jul 16, 2009 14:48 IST

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Allaying fears in India over the recent G8 declaration regarding restriction on transfer of atomic technology to non-NPT States, the US on Thursday said it was 'fully committed' to the nuclear deal with New Delhi and hopes to sign the end-use monitoring agreement on Monday.

"We hope to be able to sign that (end-use monitoring agreement), and obviously, that will take place on Monday next week," Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake told reporters in Washington on the eve of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to India beginning on Friday.

Against the backdrop of the recent G8 summit in Italy that came out with a declaration related to restriction on transfer of nuclear technology to non-NPT states, including India, Blake asserted that the US was committed to implementing the civilian nuclear deal with New Delhi.

"I do not think there should be any apprehensions about the future of the civil nuclear agreement," Blake told reporters ahead of Clinton's maiden official visit to India.

"The (US) secretary and the president are fully committed to that agreement. I think the Indians are also fully committed," he said.

"They (India) are going to be, I am sure, moving forward to file a declaration of safeguarded facilities with the IAEA,
which is sort of the next step in that process, and then we're going to start reprocessing talks, probably either later this month or in August," Blake said.