India is ready for NSG membership: US

State Department Spokesman John Kirby

State Department Spokesman John Kirby

WASHINGTON: Amid reports that China and Pakistan are jointly opposing India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group membership, the US 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 US view was that India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for NSG membership,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters at his daily news conference.

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 Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

“I’m going to refer you to the governments of China and Pakistan with respect to their positions on India’s membership,” Kirby said.

“Deliberations about the prospects of new members joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group are an internal matter among current members,” he said.

Defending its move to block India’s entry into the NSG, China claimed that several members of the 48-nation bloc shared its view that signing of the NPT was an “important” standard for the NSG’s expansion.

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 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is the cornerstone for safeguarding the international nuclear non-proliferation regime.-PTI

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