India’s NSG membership not about arms race: US to Pak

RSTV Bureau
File photo of PM Modi meeting US President Barack Obama. PTI

File photo of PM Modi meeting US President Barack Obama. PTI

Ahead of the crucial meeting of the 48 nations Nuclear Supplier Group, The United States has categorically conveyed to Pakistan that India is not in arms race. In a clear statement State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said that India wants to use the Nuclear energy for peaceful use only.

“This is not about an arms race and it’s not about nuclear weapons. This is about the peaceful civil use of nuclear energy, and so we would certainly hope that Pakistan understands that,” said the State Department Deputy Spokesman.

Toner was responding to questions about India’s membership to the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and opposition to it by Pakistan on the grounds that this would give pace to nuclear arms race in the region.

His statements come a day after President Pranab Mukherjee concluded his China visit.  Presidnet Pranab, who recently concluded his visit to China said that China is also willing to enhance cooperation with India on combating the menace of terrorism. Presidents statements came after Beijing’s took a stand that India should sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT) for gaining admission to the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group.

Beijing: President Pranab Mukherjee shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a meeting at Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. PTI Photo

Beijing: President Pranab Mukherjee shakes hands with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at a meeting at Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Thursday. PTI Photo

During his visit to India in 2015, US President Barack Obama did affirm the US view that India meets missile technology control regime requirements and is ready for membership.

“Deliberations about the prospects of new members joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group are an internal matter among the current members. I don’t have much to say beyond that other than that I think they meet regularly,” said Toner.