NEW DELHI, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- India needs to wrap up the details of a proposed nuclear deal with the United States so the U.S. Congress can pass the measure before July, a U.S. senator said.
The nuclear deal would give India access to U.S. civilian nuclear technology.
U.S. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said it would be "very difficult" to push the measure through after July, the Indo-Asian News Service said Wednesday.
Biden is on a diplomatic trip to the region with Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who also sit on the Foreign Relations Committee.
India is scheduled to reach an agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency on the safeguards of the deal by the end of February. The deal then has to go through a series of international and U.S. ratification measures before a final approval by Congress.
"July is the end ... If it is not done by the end of July, the deal does not go through. It has to reach the U.S. Congress before June," Biden said.