Ahead of her talks with the Indian leadership, a leading American newspaper has said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should urge India to drop its opposition to NPT and consider opening regional arms talks with Pakistan and China.
In an editorial, the New York Times said Clinton should assure New Delhi that Washington will keep pressing Pakistan to prosecute Mumbai attack suspects and shut down the LeT "once and for all".
"It is time for India to take more responsibility internationally and to do more to revive the world trade talks it helped torpedo last year and as a major contributor to global warming to join the developed countries in cutting greenhouse gas emissions," it said.
It said India "needs to do a lot more to constrain its arms race with Pakistan and global proliferation."
"Clinton should urge India to consider opening regional arms talks with Pakistan and China and drop its opposition to the test ban treaty," it said.
Noting that the prime focus of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government must be Pakistan, the paper said it is encouraged" that India and Pakistan have resumed their dialogue, interrupted after the 26/11 attacks.
"Clinton needs to assure India that Washington will keep pressing Pakistan to prosecute suspects linked to the Mumbai attacks and to shut down the Lashkar-e-Taiba group of extremists once and for all," the editorial said.