Published On: Sat, Jun 25th, 2016

India fails to be NSG member, blames China



India fails to be NSG member, blames China

NEW DELHI: India’s bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) has suffered a setback following the opposition from China and some other member countries of the group.

India has blamed regional rival China for blocking its entry to a nuclear trade group opposed to the proliferation of nuclear weapons, after its members met in South Korea with no decision on India’s bid to join.

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India wants to become a member of the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) which works to prevent the sharing of technology that could spread nuclear weapons.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reported attempts failed to convince Chinese President Xi Jinping to support India’s membership, as Beijing stood firm in its opposition.

“The NSG plenary in Seoul earlier in the day decided against granting India membership of the grouping immediately,” Vikas Swarup said.

A three-hour discussion on India’s membership saw “procedural hurdles persistently raised by one country,” he added.

China reportedly raised objection that India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty – a treaty on nuclear disarmament.

The reports said that China had been not alone in its opposition as other members also opposed the Indian bid to join the NSG.

Modi had in his efforts to get India into the NSG had, undertake a multi-nation trip to court key countries including the US, Switzerland and Mexico.

He met with China’s Xi on the sidelines of a summit in Uzbekistan Thursday, apparently to push for Beijing’s support.

India’s formal application to the group in May this year has received backing from key NSG members including US, France and Japan.

China had opposed bending rules for India to join Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in the Seoul meeting.

Head of the arms control department in China’s Foreign Ministry Wang Qun, in a statement said it would not allow India membership as it has not signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

He said applicant countries must be signatory of NPT. He said the issue of India’s membership was not formally discussed at the NSG meeting this week.


News Source ARY News

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