New Delhi: After huge efforts and aspirations by the Indian government to secure Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) membership, the result has been unfortunate. India’s NSG bid in Seoul has been rejected and thus India’s attempts to secure a place in the group have failed.
China, who was not in favour of India getting a membership in NSG, cited that India not being a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for nuclear weapons and weapons technology, disqualifies it from getting the NSG membership.
Chinese ambassador Wang Qun, while speaking to reporters, said, “NSG consensus is in favour of a Non-Proliferation Treaty country, we hope India joins the NPT first.
China was not the sole opponent to India’s membership, but Brazil, Austria, Ireland, Turkey, New Zealand and Switzerland too opposed India’s entry, citing the same reason.
However, the bid was supported by UK, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, Mexico and Canada stating that India has adhered to 2008 NSG guidelines.
First Published | 24 June 2016 5:30 PM