Seeking to fast-track Indo-US civil nuclear energy cooperation, Washington on Tuesday suggested that the two countries opt for international convention to resolve impasse over liability in case of accidents, a stand that may not be in tune with New Delhi`s position.
An MoU inked between Indian and American firms for setting up a nuclear reactor in Gujarat does not mean that America`s concerns over India`s nuclear liability law has been addressed, a top US official has said.
The Obama administration has said it fully supports the "clean" Nulcear Suppliers Group exception for India and speedy implementation of the Civil Nuclear Cooperation Agreement between the two countries.
Implementation of the nuclear deal is "proceeding smoothly and satisfactorily" and the civil nuclear liability bill is likely to be introduced in the Parliament after the recess, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said on Tuesday.
Reiterating that Washington remains "very much committed" to the nuclear deal with India, a US official sees "good progress" on crucial talks on reprocessing and hopes an accord would emerge well before the August deadline.
The landmark India-US civil nuclear deal has not complicated efforts to achieve universalisation of the Additional Protocol for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards as a condition for nuclear supply.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during his visit to the United States as the first state guest of Barack Obama, will certainly discuss the delay in implementation of the Indo-US nuclear deal, which was concluded last year.