As the India’s membership bid in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) proved unsuccessful, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup briefed the media in Seoul to explain the country’s stand.
India made its application for membership on May 12th. As you may recall, we began this engagement in 2004 and point to note is that this is not a new subject. In fact, it is one that has been discussed within the NSG at every Plenary since 2011, the MEA said.
Our application has acquired an immediacy in view of India’s INDC envisaging 40% non-fossil power generation capacity by 2030, he added.
However, the MEA spokeperson said that an early positive decision by the NSG would have allowed us to move forward on the Paris Agreement and an overwhelming number of those who took the floor supported India’s membership and appraised India’s application positively.
On the other hand, while thanking countries for their support, Swarup said we thank each and every one of them. It is also our understanding that the broad sentiment was to take this matter forward.
It has been suggested that India’s participation in the NSG requires it to join the NPT. Our stand on the NPT is well known but let me underline that in September 2008, the NSG itself addressed this issue. Para 1 (a) of Sep 2008 decision states that .the decision on India contributes to the “widest possible implementation of the provisions and objectives of the NPT, he added.
There is thus no contradiction between the NPT and India’s closer engagement with with the NSG, he also added.