Melbourne (Agencies): Paying no heed to media reports, the Australian government on Friday said there was no change in its stand on not selling uranium to India until it signs the non-proliferation treaty and completes a safeguards agreement.

"We will only supply uranium to countries that are signatories to the NPT and have signed a bilateral agreement with Australia," Australian Resources Minister Martin Ferguson informed.

Ferguson, who is a strong supporter of spreading uranium mining and exports, refused to comment on the contents of a leaked diplomatic cable that revealed that the ruling Labour government had flagged secretly that it could take years on the deal to finalise, The Age reported on Friday.

Previously, US cables passed to WikiLeaks revealed that Ferguson told US officials in 2009 that a treaty to supply India with nuclear fuel could be reached within years, a posturing that contradicts the present stand of banning it against India for not signing NPT.

Labour shot down the previous Howard government process while it took steps to reform the international nuclear regime. During the Howard government, Australia took some preliminary steps to export uranium to India despite the fact it was outside the nuclear treaty.

Uranium and nuclear power remains a contentious issue with the present Labor government, but developing both industries has support in influential quarters of the party.

"This decision of the Australian government not to sell uranium to our country, it does not make us happy, I will be frank. We were surprised, because Australia was very supportive of us during the NPT waiver talks. But we are dealing with the realities as they are," the paper said quoting a senior Indian government official.