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Updated: September 25, 2009 19:39 IST

India should not sign NPT: CPI(M)

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CPI (M) parliamentary party leader Sitaram Yechury
The Hindu CPI (M) parliamentary party leader Sitaram Yechury

Says its stand on Indo-US nuclear deal is now vindicated. "We warned that there will be the sort of pressure and that is precisely what is happening".

With UNSC asking non-NPT nations to sign the non-proliferation treaty, the CPI(M) on Friday said its stand has been vindicated as it had warned of “external pressures” on India in the aftermath of the Indo-US civil nuclear deal.

“At the time of the Indo-US nuclear deal itself, one of our objections was that it is not really nuclear commerce, but there is going to be external pressures put on India on these issues of NPT, CTBT, FMCT,” CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury said.

He also asked the government to stick to its own position on the treaty, saying India should not be a party to it as it was discriminatory.

He said India had not signed these treaties because they were “discriminatory“.

“We warned that there will be the sort of pressure and that is precisely what is happening. India should stick to its own position saying these treaties were discriminatory,” he added.

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