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India joins The Hague Code of Conduct

Strengthening worldwide attempt to contain the spread of ballistic missiles, India has joined The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC) which is a voluntary legally non-binding multilateral body aimed at preventing the spread of ballistic missiles that can deliver weapons of mass destruction, the Ministry of External Affairs said here on Thursday.

“India has joined the The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation by notifying HCoC Central Contact, Vienna, through diplomatic channels. India’s joining the Code signals our readiness to further strengthen the global non-proliferation regimes,” Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson of the Ministry told journalists. In recent years, the HCoC has been focused on West Asia, South Asia and the East Asia due to the rising missile and nuclear arms race among rival powers. In the latest meeting of the HCoC which concluded on May 29, a special mention was made of the increased number of missile launches by North Korea in 2015.

The Spokesperson said India was “on track” for membership in other technology regimes like the Missile Technology Control Regime.


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