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America is committed to India’s NSG entry, says top US official

nationpaper Updated: Jun 30, 2016 09:29 IST

NEW DELHI: A top US official on Wednesday said his country was committed to ensure India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and expressed “regret” that the American administration couldn’t help India become a member of the export control regime of 48 countries.

The US under secretary for political affairs, Tom Shannon, said what China was doing in South China Sea was “madness” and it wanted New Delhi to play a major role in the Indian Ocean. Shannon, who held discussions with foreign secretary S Jaishankar, will meet home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday.

Interacting with the newest batch of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers, he also said managing the rise of China was a major challenge and the US wanted to work with India to have a strong and comprehensive presence in the Indian Ocean.

He said India was a responsible and important player in the sphere of nuclear non-proliferation, while reiterating US support for India becoming a member of the NSG — the grouping that controls the export of nuclear materials and technology.

Shannon said ,“We are committed to having India join the NSG. We believe that through the kind of work we have done, the way India conducted itself, it is worthy of this.”

In an apparent reference to China opposing India’s NSG bid, the official said one country could break consensus in a consensus-based organisation, while asserting that such a member should be held accountable.

“We understand that in a consensus-based organisation, one country can break consensus. But in order to do so, it must be accountable, not isolated,” he said.

Last week, India had failed in its bid to gain entry into the elite atomic trading bloc in the face of strong China-led opposition.

Shannon said India’s recent entry into the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) highlighted that the country was a “responsible and important player in the road to non-proliferation”.

“We regret, in Seoul we and India were unable to open space necessary to allow India to move into the NSG at this moment,” he said, adding that both countries would have to work to ensure that India’s bid is successful the next time the issue is taken up by the NSG.