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India to seek S Korea's support at NSG

India is expected to seek the support of NSG member S Korea for its civil nuclear ambitions when External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee travels there on Sunday from Bangkok.

world Updated: Sep 15, 2007 17:51 IST
Ajay Kaul

India is expected to seek the support of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) member South Korea for its civil nuclear ambitions when External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee travels there on Sunday from Bangkok.



The nuclear issue is expected to come up during the talks Mukherjee will have with the Korean leadership.



India will require the support of South Korea as it has to seek change of NSG guidelines by consensus to allow international community to have nuclear trade with it.



A South Korean envoy had earlier this week warned that the Indo-US civil nuclear deal could set a bad precedent for North Korea.



"The United States has made an exception for India and I am afraid North Korea will come back and ask: Why not us?" said Chun Yung-Woo, Seoul's chief negotiator to six-party talks on terminating North Korea's controversial nuclear programme.



Mukherjee will hold talks with his Korean counterpart Song Min-Soon during which they will also assess progress made in the discussions on an updated double taxation avoidance agreement and a comprehensive economic partnership pact.



The volume of trade between India and Korea is currently USD 7.1 billion which is targeted to be raised to USD 10 billion next year.