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N-deal on top of Bush's agenda: US Admn

The deal is likely to get the approval of the outgoing senate despite the defeat Republicans suffered on November 7.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2006 15:47 IST

The United States has said that the Indo-US nuclear deal is at the top of President George W Bush's agenda for the coming lame duck session of the Senate, but was not aware as to how long the session would last.

Asked if New Delhi had called anyone to find out if the change of political environment on Capitol Hill would impact the deal, State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack said on Thursday that "I don't know if they've called over here.

"But the President has put it at the top of his list of things he'd like to get done in this next session or the lame duck session coming up here that I think is scheduled - I don't know how long it is scheduled for," McCormack said.

On the reported detention of a North Korean ship by India, he said, it would have to be New Delhi that would have to answer questions on that.

He was asked to comment on a report which said that Indian officials were finding it difficult to get Korean translators.

"I don't have any information for you on that. I'd be happy to look into it..." McCormack said, adding "...That would seem to be something that they (India) would have to deal with."

First Published: Nov 10, 2006 08:51 IST