India hit back at developed countries that have been accusing it of refusing to yield ground on emissions and funding, saying they were not showing flexibility and posing roadblocks for a comprehensive climate deal, deadline for which was extended by a day yesterday.

Officials wanted to show that the world's fourth-biggest carbon emitter was ready to play a constructive role in international climate negotiations, it said.

The White House said there was broad agreement about countries making a substantial commitment to reducing their carbon pollution, about specific transparency measures so that people can demonstrate their commitment to those commitments.

"There has also been obviously discussion about the importance of investing in renewable energy and in other technology that could assist countries that are experiencing the impacts of climate change already, and are poised to experience even more impacts in the years ahead," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.

Negotiations for a climate change deal hit a roadblock yesterday as countries like India and China refused to yield their ground on emissions and funding.

On Thursday US President Barack Obama spoke with his Chinese counterpart for about half an hour and early this week he telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the same issue.

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