US backs India for entry to Nuclear club

INTERESnsgDespite China claiming support from several other members to block India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the US had backed India’s bid to join the exclusive club of nuclear trading nations.

US State Department Spokesman John Kirby told the media to remember that the president during his visit to India in 2015 had reaffirmed that the US view was that India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for NSG membership. This was said in answer to a question on reports that China and Pakistan joined hands to oppose India becoming a member of the NSG.

China said several other NSG members share their view that the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is an important standard for the NSG’s expansion. China’s Foreign Ministry said although India is not part of the NSG, India recognizes the consensus.

India, Pakistan, Israel and South Sudan were the four UN members that have not signed the NPT that is aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.

Now members of the 48 nation club will bring India into its nuclear fold, 42 years after it tested its first nuclear bomb.