Amid reports that China and Pakistan are jointly opposing India’s bid for the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership, the United States believes that India is ready to enter the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).
The US on May 13 said that India does in fact meet the missile technology control regime requirements for entry into the NSG, an 48-nation bloc that trades in nuclear supplies among themselves.
Reaffirming their support, US Spokesman John Kirby on May 12 had said:
“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.”
Kirby’s remarks comes in response to a question about reports that China and Pakistan have joined hands to oppose India becoming a member of the NSG.
US sources recently had said that they are disappointed with Chinese tactics of “using Pakistan’s non credentials with the NSG to settle scores with India”.
Besides making a bid for India’s membership, the US had also helped India in getting a waiver from the NSG on the civil nuclear deal as India has neither signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) or the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).
The signing of NPT and CTBT is considered a basis for NSG membership.
Though it must be noted that apart from India, there are other UN members that have also not signed the NPT. These names include Pakistan, Israel and South Sudan.
If India is able to get the NSG membership, it will help India in further developing their nuclear energy programme as it will allow them to tap the global nuclear market.
Besides US, UN Security Council’s permanent members UK, France and Russia also have extended support for India in its NSG bid.