Singh, Bush discuss nuclear deal
US, President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
discussed the U.S.-India nuclear cooperation deal on Monday amid signs
the controversial pact is in political trouble in India.
The two leaders who signed the nuclear agreement in July 2005 spoke
by telephone in a conversation that also covered world trade talks and
the crackdown on pro-democracy activists in military-ruled Myanmar,
National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said in a statement.
Johndroe gave no details on what Singh and Bush said about the
nuclear agreement, which would allow India to import U.S. nuclear fuel
and reactors although India has tested nuclear weapons and not signed
the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
A statement posted on India's Washington embassy Web site said the
prime minister had explained to Bush "that certain difficulties have
arisen with respect to the operationalization" of the nuclear
In India, the Singh government's communist allies had threatened to
withdraw crucial parliamentary support if it pressed ahead with the
In a meeting last week, the Singh government agreed to continue talks
with the left, and put on hold negotiations with the International
Atomic Energy Agency that are crucial to the deal, which also needs to
get through the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group.
Washington, Tuesday, Reuters