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Status quo on N-deal has not changed: Sibal

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September 04, 2008 15:58 IST

India is bound by the 123 agreement with the US on civil nuclear cooperation and status quo has not changed, senior Union Minister Kapil Sibal clarified on Thursday after the controversial disclosure of Washington's position triggered a storm in political circles in Delhi.

"Precisely, nothing has changed," Sibal told Karan Thapar's India Tonight programme on CNBC-TV18 on being asked whether the status quo remained unchanged in the wake of US State Department's correspondence on the nuclear deal being made public.

In its correspondence, the State Department has made it clear that the US will stop fuel supplies and other nuclear cooperation if India conducts a nuclear test.

"The leak (correspondence) is consistent with the 123 agreement itself," Sibal said adding, the agreement provides for a modality to be adhered to by the two countries in the event of a change of environment and India were to conduct a nuclear test.

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