India on Monday sought Brazil’s support to join the nuclear suppliers group (NSG) as it looked to address the Latin American country’s long-held position against the spread of nuclear arms and weapons technology.
India’s spirited campaign to get a seat on the global nuclear high table has run into trouble with some countries, especially China, which has called for a “criteria-based approach” on admitting new members. Brazil’s reservation stems from its historical position on non-proliferation. In addition to the NPT, Brazil is also a party to the treaty for the prohibition of nuclear weapons in Latin America.
India is not a signatory to the NPT, which it says is biased.
PM Narendra Modi thanked Brazilian President Michel Temer, in India for BRICS summit, for “understanding India’s aspiration” for NSG membership as the two countries inked four MoUs, including one on investment promotion.
Modi conveyed to Temer India’s aspiration to be part of the NSG and the Brazil President said he would work with other member countries in helping New Delhi move towards the goal, said Preeti Saran,
secretary, east, in the external affairs ministry.