“We did not target any country, India or Pakistan”.
When asked if the Obama government has taken up the matter with China, who has been firmly against India’s inclusion in the NSG, Kerry asserted that the usa has routinely spoken to other NSG participating members regarding the matter.
The Indian government was “hopeful of success in convincing China” by then, indicating that Beijing would not wish to go against the consensus.
Meanwhile, Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar visited Beijing last week to discuss Chinese support for entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Indian diplomatic sources confirmed on Sunday, according to a report in Indian media. “Instead of expressing her views in riddles she should have clearly mentioned about the elements acting as an obstacle in Pak-India relations”, Nisar said.
The NSG remains divided over non-NPT countries like India becoming its members, China’s Foreign Ministry had said yesterday less than 24 hours after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had exuded hope that “we would be able to convince China to support our entry to the NSG”.
She also said Pakistan and India were enjoying warm relationship and after the Pathankot air base attack in India Nawaz Sharif himself had offered to help with the Pathankot probe.
India has not ratified the treaty, but has committed to some controls of its nuclear program under a nuclear cooperation pact with the United States. India’s entry would inspire investors’ confidence and end uncertainty, the minister explained.
While majority of the elite group members backed India’s membership, it is understood that apart from China, countries like Turkey, South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand were not in favour of India’s entry into the NSG.
“Earnest said the participating nations in the plenary session will need to reach a consensus decision in order to admit any applicant into the group”.
She argued that difference between 2008 and now was to do with New Delhi’s INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions) to climate change as India has committed that 40 per cent of its energy needs will come from non-fossil fuels, while a third of it would be from the nuclear energy.
“It is not directed against any one country”, Hua said, talking about China’s stand on India’s membership.
The NSG looks after critical issues relating to nuclear sector and its members are allowed to trade in and export nuclear technology.
In the context of terrorism, particularly emanating from Pakistan, Swaraj mentioned that taken up the issue of Pakistani terror suspect Masood Azhar, head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed group, which is designated by the United Nations as a terrorist group at the Russia India China (RIC) ministerial meeting held in Moscow earlier this year.