India rejects any conditions on its nuclear deal with US

India rejects any conditions on its nuclear deal with US

India rejects any conditions on its nuclear deal with US

Updated 19 December 2011, 13:46 AEDT

India says it will not accept any new conditions to win approval from nuclear supplier nations for lifting a decades-old embargo on nuclear trade with New Delhi.

The statement by Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee came a day after nuclear supplier nations ended a two-day meeting in Vienna without reaching agreement on lifting the 34-year-old embargo on nuclear trade with India.

The Nuclear Suppliers Group which controls the export and sale of nuclear technology worldwide, convened for two days to discuss a US draft proposal on a statement on civil nuclear cooperation with India.

Mr Mukherjee says India cannot accept prescriptive conditionalities.

Diplomats who attended the discussions of the highly secretive 45-member group signalled that the US-India deal had run into stiff resistance among member states, with some setting conditions for giving approval.

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