Amid reports that China and Pakistan are jointly opposing India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, the United States has said India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for entry into the exclusive club.
“I’d point you back to what the President said during his visit to India in 2015, where he reaffirmed that the U.S. view was that India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for NSG membership,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said on Friday. His remarks came in response to a question on reports that China and Pakistan have joined hands to oppose India becoming a member of the NSG.
Referring to China, Pakistan …
“I’m going to refer you to the governments of China and Pakistan with respect to their positions on India’s membership,” Mr. Kirby said. “Deliberations about the prospects of new members joining the NSG are an internal matter among current members,” he said.
Defending its move to block India’s entry into the NSG, China on Saturday claimed that several members of the 48-nation bloc shared its view that signing of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was an “important” standard for the NSG’s expansion.
It’s about the NPT: China
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in Beijing that not only China but also a lot of other NSG members were of the view that NPT was the cornerstone for safeguarding the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.
Asked about reports that China is pushing Pakistan’s entry into the NSG linking it to India’s admission into the bloc, Mr. Lu has said the NSG is an important part of NPT, which has been the consensus of the international community for long. “Although India is not part of the NSG, Indian side recognises this consensus,” he claimed.
India yet to sign the pact
India, Pakistan, Israel and South Sudan were the four U.N. member states which have not signed the NPT, the international pact aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.
Last month, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had said China helped Pakistan stall India’s bid to get NSG membership.