India’s NSG membership not on Seoul meet agenda says China

China on Monday said that Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was not on the agenda list for Seoul meet. NSG was still divided on the issue of India’s entry, a day after India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj said that Beijing was not opposing India’s entry to NSG group.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it had conveyed its stand to Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar during his visit to Beijing last week, and had “stressed that the NSG is still divided about non-NPT countries’ entry into the NSG”.

“We understand that non-NPT countries are very concerned about their entry into the NSG but since the NSG is still divided on this issue it is still not mature to talk about the entry issue at the annual conference in Seoul,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said. – Indiatoday reported.

The 48-nation atomic trading bloc will hold a plenary meeting in Seoul on June 24 where it is expected that India’s membership will be discussed. However, New Delhi has been making all efforts before the June 24 session. The NSG controls access to nuclear technology, which India needs, for one, to meet its increasing power requirements.


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