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US mum on Russian fuel for Tarapur

US has said that any such step should be taken after India fulfils obligations under the Indo-US nuclear deal.

india Updated: Mar 16, 2006 12:33 IST

Indicating its reservations on Russia's move to supply fuel for Tarapur nuclear reactor, the US has said that any such step should be taken after India fulfils its obligations under the historic Indo-US nuclear deal.

"We recognise that... They (India) have need for fuel. And we think that deals to supply that fuel should move forward on the basis of a joint initiative, on the basis of steps that India will take that it has not yet taken," US State Department acting spokesman Adam Ereli told reporters in Washington referring to Indo-US nuclear deal.

He was asked about the supply of nuclear fuel to India by Russia and if Washington had the details.

"Well... And I'm not going to... I'm not in a position to go into the deal. I don't have the details. I haven't seen any sort of official statements of the deal.... President George W Bush has been very outspoken and I think visionary in trying to develop a framework within the international system to ensure the safe and secure supply of nuclear fuel through the Nuclear Suppliers Group" Ereli said.

"And specifically with regard to India .... We have a very ... Forward-looking and really history-making initiative, joint initiative, to address the...India's nuclear programme, to separate the military from the civilian, and to bring India into compliance with NPT obligations and work based on that with a Nuclear Suppliers Group to give it access to the kind of fuel supplies that it's looking for," he said.

First Published: Mar 16, 2006 08:44 IST