The US has reiterated its backing for India’s candidature for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) after China defended its move to block India’s entry on the ground that it had not signed on to a key global Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
"I'd point you back to what the president said during his visit to India in 2015, where he reaffirmed that the US view was that India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for NSG membership," says the US State Department Spokesman John Kirby backing India’s entry. He also 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. "Deliberations about the prospects of new members joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group are an internal matter among current members", Mr Kirby added.
Meanwhile, opposing India’s candidature China said several other NSG members share their view that the 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. China has even claimed support from several other members to block India’s entry into the exclusive group. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in Beijing that not only China but also a lot of other NSG members are of the view that NPT is the cornerstone for safeguarding the international nuclear non-proliferation regime. However, reports suggest that China is acting at the behest of its key ally Pakistan to block India’s efforts to join the 48-nation bloc.
Earlier, Pakistan Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz had confirmed that China has helped Pakistan to stall India's bid to get NSG membership. NSG is a multinational, currently the 48-nation club concerned with reducing nuclear proliferation by controlling the export and re-transfer of materials that may be applicable to nuclear weapon development, also improving safeguards and protection on existing materials. Membership of the 48-nation club would bring India into the nuclear fold 42 years after it tested its first nuclear bomb.
India, Pakistan, Israel and South Sudan are the four UN members that have currently not signed the NPT that is aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons.