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India addressing concerns of US nuclear suppliers: Shiv Shankar Menon

India is "close to" clinching commercial aspect of civil nuclear deal with US and addressing concerns of US suppliers over its nuclear liability law, National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon said.



New Delhi: India is "close to" clinching the commercial aspect of its civil nuclear deal with the US and is also addressing the concerns of US suppliers over its nuclear liability law, National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon said Friday.
Asked if India was close to concluding the commercial negotiations between the Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Westinghouse for setting up nuclear power reactors in India, he said: "We are close, yes."

But he did not specify if the negotiations that have been going on would be concluded ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit to the US next week.

Menon was asked about the nuclear liability law that puts the onus on suppliers in the case of an accident.

He said that in the matter of the civil liability law, it was not just the US but also domestic suppliers who have been asking how the law would affect them.

"And they need to know in order to do business. We are in the process of addressing those concerns," Menon said during a talk on "India and the US" organised by Aspen Institute India here.

Opposition parties have expressed concern over reports that the government was trying to bypass a key clause in the nuclear liability law in order to overcome hindrances to clinching the deal.

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