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India determined to clear NSG hurdle this year

Updated Jun 27, 2016 08:14am

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NEW DELHI: India said on Sunday it would continue to talk to China to further its mission to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

A foreign ministry spokesperson claimed that New Delhi met the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) criteria to see it through.

Indian media quoted unnamed sources as saying there was possibility of India’s inclusion in the NSG later this year, while New Delhi would continue to discuss the issue with China.

The reports quoted foreign ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup as saying the current hurdle was not a diplomatic failure.

In fact, he said that procedural hurdles were part of such deals. He added that India applied for membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) 10 years ago but achieved entry into both groups this week.

“There are some processes that take a long time. I would evaluate the NSG membership process in that category. Yes, we did not get the desired result from Seoul. Probably it is going to take slightly longer,” he said.

Talking about the countries, besides China, who had raised opposition to India joining the NSG, Mr Swarup said there was a bit of disinformation floating in the matter.

“As I mentioned earlier, there was only one country which persistently raised procedural hurdles, as a result of which no decision could be arrived at in Seoul and we stick to that stand. As far as other countries are concerned, there are some who raised procedure-related issues, but not a single country apart from that one country opposed India’s NSG membership,” he said.

With the NSG and China setting the NPT as a crucial criterion for gaining entry, the spokesperson claimed India had already implemented all the provisions meeting the criteria and that it had all the credentials to be part of the NSG.

No one can equate India with Pakistan on the NPT issue, he said, adding that India’s current NSG hurdle was not a diplomatic failure. However, he admitted that the results were not as expected.

“These are continuing processes. We will continue to work actively on this. Today Indian diplomacy does not fear failure. We will redouble our efforts and double the momentum to achieve the result.”

Indicating that India would continue to discuss the matter with China, Mr Swarup said that a relationship only moved forward if both sides were mindful of each other’s concerns and priorities.

Meanwhile, the NSG will meet again this year to discuss the process of inclusion of countries like India, who have not signed the NPT.

A special plenary session of the NSG can be called by the yearend.

Published in Dawn, June 27th, 2016

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Comments (44) Closed



Ankur Jun 27, 2016 08:24am

It was only the first move to achieve success. Now India knows which areas they have to concentrate to achieve it. I am sure in second attempt later this year India is going to achieve it.

Avid yogi Jun 27, 2016 08:25am

China wants to be a member of "MTCR" India wants to be a member of "NSG" diplomacy works on give and take relationship here comes give and take scenerio...

Rajeev Jun 27, 2016 08:33am

That's the spirit

point of view Jun 27, 2016 08:41am

"Today Indian diplomacy does not fear failure". I like positivity of this government. Success and failure is a part of life of everyone, be it any country.

Desi Dimag Jun 27, 2016 08:41am

Yes, redouble your efforts and double the momentum to achieve the result. I'm sure India will enter in NSG and UNSC both.

Karan-Mumbai Jun 27, 2016 08:48am

What are the benefits of joining NSG and why is everyone so keen on it?

red planet Jun 27, 2016 08:47am

A special plenary session of the NSG can be called by the year end!! Imagine the pressure the organization is facing for inclusion of India. Economy rule the world and no one can deny as India is one of the major economic powers of the world.

Tariq Jun 27, 2016 08:48am

There is the answer for all, who says they rejected it, china tried max to reject the application however thanks to mexico who stood firm and said one more talks by year end.

Ayub Jun 27, 2016 08:49am

A candid statement.

Hussain Haqani Jun 27, 2016 08:55am

When you start to learn riding bicycle, accident occurs; you fell down & again get up & finally succeeds.This is the statement made by Mrs Sushma Swaraj, foreign minister, India after NSG meeting in seoul.

ali ghous Jun 27, 2016 09:01am

every year india is increasing by 7 percent.. china cannot forever ignore world largest market.. especially for cheaper chinese goods.

LN Jun 27, 2016 09:13am

Excellent! The way he is talking reflects the aggressiveness of India! India will get into NSG by this December. Next stop UNSC membership!

Pushpendra Kushwaha Jun 27, 2016 09:29am

Good News For India And Bad News For Pak

Nav Jun 27, 2016 09:29am

NSG is meeting again by year end, as a special session to consider India's entry. Mexico has requested for the special exclusive meeting.

Sunil Jun 27, 2016 09:31am

China is trying to please Pakistan, by blocking India's bid for NSG. A time will come when China will be expelled from UN, NSG for misusing its Veto power.

Sunil Jun 27, 2016 09:37am

8 members of NSG who opposed India have softened their stand, with only China obstructing, to please Pakistan. India's policy of nuclear is "no first use" and India has no record of nuclear proliferation.

ZULFIQAR Jun 27, 2016 09:40am

Whatever India will do they Will not get clear Path for NSG NSG was Created because of India 1974 neuclear Test Sign NPT that is basic Condition Pakistan should Continue Persuation of Application

Vinay Jun 27, 2016 09:40am

Good to see the positive attitude .....

Om Prakash Verma Jun 27, 2016 09:42am

Pakistan is a failed state. It has nothing to discuss except India. Opposition and hatred towards India and being nursery for terrorists will decimate Pakistan.

TRUE Indian Jun 27, 2016 09:44am

Mr Sartaj Aziz must respond to the same. Pakistan should also try their luck.

Salim Khan Jun 27, 2016 10:02am

Because there is only one country opposing India's membership, China, the other 47 members can throw out or suspend China because of its bad proliferation record with regard to North Korea and Pakistan. And then India can get membership by consensus of the remaining 47 countries.

Hitesh Jun 27, 2016 10:05am

Positive attitude is the key here!! with this attitude, India will be in the group very soon!

Indian Jun 27, 2016 10:10am

Hopefully china realize our power now. India bans importing of chinese milk, mobile phones and steel. More products going to be banned.

DV Jun 27, 2016 10:25am

keep trying is ultimate key of success..

Rohit Jun 27, 2016 10:30am

All the best. Persistence will be rewarded.

Vamsi Jun 27, 2016 10:32am

“These are continuing processes. We will continue to work actively on this. Today Indian diplomacy does not fear failure. We will redouble our efforts and double the momentum to achieve the result.” Appreciate the focus & determination. Great work. Keep going.

Nazeer Jun 27, 2016 10:46am

Our bid to join NSG was not even considered whereas India's bid was taken seriously.

ragav Jun 27, 2016 10:46am

one day china have to come in line with india stand . it will take 3 year to get wavier from nsg may be next year india will be part of it..

Amarnath Jun 27, 2016 10:49am

"Today Indian diplomacy does not fear failure. We will redouble our efforts and double the momentum to achieve the result."

That was one awesome statement. Reminds of ISRO making itself better after each failure. Way to go!

Abid Jun 27, 2016 11:11am

Every country has a right to pursue its agenda for the betterment of its people. Pakistan needs to enhance its desire to achives its goal by working non stop and take the other countries in to a confidence. Pakistan should bring the experience foreign minister on board urgently.

Salman (Kashmir, INDIA) Jun 27, 2016 11:39am

India will come on top.....just wait for few more months.

Deepu Jun 27, 2016 11:51am

For Sure..! Modi will make it happen.

M. Asghar Jun 27, 2016 12:03pm

The only way forwards here is that both India and Pakistan have to be considered together for the NSG membership.

Yogesh Jun 27, 2016 12:35pm

Yes, we are almost close towards NSG membership. Great going India.

Singh.ra Jun 27, 2016 12:45pm

India is moving forward like a champion. One hurdle can not stop it

tamil Jun 27, 2016 12:54pm

US wants us to be part of NSG for its own benefit , nothing in for us, we cannot hamper of economic growth by signing paris treaty in lieu for NSG Membership.

Kamal Pasha Jun 27, 2016 01:06pm

@Avid yogi, MTCR is not as important as NSG. China can be member of MTCR whenever she wants and India can not stop China's membership.

abhay Jun 27, 2016 01:17pm

@M. Asghar pls don't compare pakistan with india..those days are long gone...

Abhi Jun 27, 2016 01:51pm

We will get NSG membership very soon.. Pakistan will see..No body can stop India to be the world super power, our technology is growing much faster..World will regognize very soon the power of India..Latest Mars Mission is the example

ABC Jun 27, 2016 02:30pm

@Kamal Pasha Rules of MTCR are same as NSG, if a single member opposes,new nation can't get membership. India doesn't depend upon China FYI, trade between India and China is more important for China rather than India.

ROHIT PANDEY Jun 27, 2016 02:31pm

Don't stop trying India. Ultimately, we will get what we want?:)

mo Jun 27, 2016 06:14pm

This only works in Pakistans favor as Pakistan will have to be admitted as well

Arham Jun 27, 2016 06:22pm

India’s current nuclear posture does not seem to indicate in the slightest that it wishes for global nuclear disarmament. On the one hand, it aims to be a part of prestigious nuclear club, whereas on the other, it has been engaged in building a top-secret nuclear facility in Karnataka — believed to reach completion by 2017 — for the production of thermonuclear weapons. This secret facility is going to be the subcontinent’s largest military-run complex of nuclear centrifuges.

akash Jun 27, 2016 07:51pm

@Kamal Pasha CHINA'S application was rejected when it applied for first time. It's been trying since then unsuccessfully