US wants separation of civil, nuclear units

New Delhi, Nov 14 | Updated: Nov 15 2005, 05:30am hrs
The US has made it clear to India that it would be required to present a credible plan of separating civil and nuclear establishments before the US Congress takes a decision on lifting sanctions. However, it also indicated that the Bush administration was committed to implementing the July 18 nuclear agreement with India.

Describing the issue as a complicated process involving several players, David C Mulford, US ambassador to India, said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also would have to be positive on the deal for it to be fully effective but pointed out that officials of the nuclear watchdog had recently made positive statements on the issue.

Both the countries wanted to get support of the 35-country nuclear suppliers group (NSG) whose majority of members were also positive on the deal, except for China which was undecided yet, he told a select group of mediapersons today.

The Indo-US civil nuclear deal is a priority for President George Bush. The finalisation of the deal would not have been possible but for his personal intervention, the ambassador said on the eve of his travel to the US to see the work being done on it.

He said the President remained committed on the deal and he would work to see it implemented.

Seeking to clear misunderstandings in a section of media here, he said under the deal, India had agreed to do certain things, most importantly separating its civil and nuclear industry.