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'Some work left on civil nuclear deal'

State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack confesses that despite progress on the civil nuclear deal, there is 'still some work left'.

world Updated: Jun 05, 2007 15:46 IST

The United States has said it has made some progress on a proposed agreement to operationalise the civil nuclear deal with India but there is still "some work" left to be done.

"... I don't have a detailed readout for you.I know that they did make some progress, but there's still work left to be done," State Department Spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters at a briefing here.

He was asked about the latest visit of Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns to India for talks with Foreign Secretary Shivshankar Menon on the '123 Agreement' and the status of the negotiations.

"... Let me do a little research for you and see if I can get back to you on exactly when the experts will reconvene. But they did make some progress, but there is still work left to be done," he added.

The two countries are aiming at sorting out differences particularly on issues like reprocessing right, perpetuity of fuel supplies and continuance of the civil nuclear cooperation if India were to conduct an atomic test.

India has been insisting on having the right to reprocess spent nuclear fuel and is not ready to accept any legally binding clause in the agreement that could cap its strategic nuclear programme.

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