New Delhi: Minister of State for External Affairs General VK Singh reacted disapprovingly to the news of China blocking India’s long-sought-for ambition of gaining entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Singh exclaimed that the deliberations on NSG had occurred behind closed-doors and could not be exposed to the public eye. He also stated that India had been pursuing NSG membership from 2008. “The speculation doing the rounds in media regarding China’s protest over NSG membership to India is not true,” said Singh.

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs had earlier stated to the media that the US would pursue India’s membership into the NSG. “A member country which opposes the inclusion of other countries should be held accountable,” the secretary had said.

Retaliating to the statement, China expressed its disapproval by saying that the US was ignoring facts about India not getting NSG membership and added that the Seoul plenary discussion did not include talks of accession of any country.

“Whether China had opposed India’s bid or not could be told only by those present in the closed-door meeting,” Singh said.

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