Seoul: No consensus on India’s induction into the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) emerged at the 48-member plenary meeting by another tea break (10.30 p.m) here on Thursday.
Highly placed sources told that China is not the sole opponent to India’s member ship to the NSG, but Brazil, Austria, Ireland, Turkey and New Zealand too have opposed India’s entry, citing it’s not being a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) for nuclear weapons and weapons technology.
Mexico, however, backed India’s membership. Sources further said the meet also did not discuss the induction of Pakistan into the elite group. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Tashkent and urged China to make a fair and objectives assessment of New Delhi’s application to the NSG and to judge it on its own merit.
Briefing the media about the meeting, Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Vikas Swarup said Prime Minister Modi had asked China to contribute to the emerging consensus in the ongoing NSG plenary meeting in Seoul.
“In fact the rest of the meeting was devoted to this issue. Prime Minister Modi urged China to make a fair and objective assessment of India’s application and judge it on its own merit,” Swarup said.
“He (Prime Minister) said China should contribute to the emerging consensus in Seoul,” Swarup quoted Prime Minister Modi as saying,” he added. Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar on Wednesday left for Seoul to make a last minute push for New Delhi’s entry into the elite group.
According to sources, this move is being seen as a final push on India’s part to make its case. Jaishankar, who is not a part of the negotiations in the NSG’s inner circle, will reportedly lobby for India’s bid. This comes days after Jaishankar made a two-day trip to China on June 16 and 17 to discuss the matter with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.
China, till now, has been playing the role of a dampener on the issue of clearing the way for India’s admission to the NSG by repeatedly stating that it is not on the agenda of the grouping, which began its plenary session in Seoul on Monday.