A US Senator praised the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for not granting India membership, hours after the elite group’s plenary meeting ended in Seoul with no decision on the matter following China’s strong opposition.
“Today, the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) reaffirmed its strong support for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by refraining from admitting India,” Junior Democratic senator from Massachusetts Edward Markey said in a statement.
The NSG was founded in response to India’s 1974 nuclear test and it has worked for decades to prevent the sharing of technology that could contribute to the further spread of nuclear weapons, he added.
“If India joined the Nuclear Supplier Group, it would be the only participating government in the organisation that was not a party to the NPT, weakening the NSG’s commitment to the treaty. By refraining from admitting India, the NSG strengthened both the treaty and the broader global non-proliferation regime,” Markey, a known India-basher, said. As a member of the US House of Representative, Markey had earlier unsuccessfully led efforts to block passage of the civil nuclear deal between India and the US.
That India was not a co-signatory of the NPT was the main technicality on which China opposed the bid and rallied other member countries against agreeing to admit India.
Incidentally, the US was one of India’s main backers for the membership bid. Indian officials said 38 of the 48 member nations had supported the application.