The United States has publicly exhorted members of the NSG to support the membership of IndiaChina today said that discussions are on among members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) over the admission of India and other non-NPT (non-proliferation treaty) countries.
At the same time, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying reiterated that admission of new members is not on the agenda of the NSG meeting in Seoul.
“We did not target any country, India or Pakistan. We only care about non-proliferation treaty….If the non-proliferation regime is changed how can we explain the Iranian nuclear treaty,” Hua is quoted saying by news agency PTI.
The United States had earlier publicly exhorted members of the NSG to support the membership of India.
State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing that the US has not changed its stand regarding India’s membership in the elite group.
“Well, as you know, during Prime Minister Modi’s visit, the President welcomed India’s application to join the NSG and reaffirmed that India is ready for membership. We continue to call – and nothing’s changed about our position. We continue to call on the participating governments of the NSG to support India’s application at the plenary session this week in Seoul,” he said.
Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar had made a two-day trip to China on June 16 and 17 to discuss India’s NSG membership with his Chinese counterpart. This visit came days ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on June 23 when both leaders will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation leaders’ meeting in Tashkent.
China has maintained that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the 48-nation NSG following the United States’ push to include India in the elite group.