Notwithstanding the China’s persistent opposition towards India’s entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Japan has now, once again reiterated its support for India’s entry into the NSG club.
A Japanese foreign ministry official said that they continued to work with India, in order to make its NSG membership possible.
Director-General of Press and Public Diplomacy in Japan’s ministry of foreign affairs, Yasuhisa Kawamura, have said, “We intend to continue working with India on this issue as we believe its membership of NSG will further help in strengthening the non-proliferation regime.”
India’s entry into NSG will promote non-proliferation: Japan
Referring to China’s stand against India’s membership, Kawamura has said that, Beijing’s opposition was obvious to all, but he has also added that, Japan did not want to make any comment on consultations within the NSG over this issue.
Further on the issue of India not signing the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT), the Japanese official has said that, while his country would like to see India to sign the treaty, the issue will not come in the way of India’s inclusion into the nuclear club.
Refusing to draw a parallel between India and Pakistan’s NSG bid, Kawamura have said the country must make efforts to strengthen its export control regime.
The Japanese official also took on China for violating both the NPT and NSG guidelines by supplying nuclear technology to Pakistan.