The US has said that it will be still continue to work “constructively” with New Delhi and various other countries for India’s entry into the NSG group, a senior US official has said.
“We continue, and will be, continued to work constructively with India and also with members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) on India’s accession in the upcoming months ahead,” State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told the reporters at her daily news conference yesterday.
However, she further did not respond to the questions on talks that the US is having with China on this issue.
China is the only major country whose opposition on India’s membership matters the most.
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“We have been very clear since 2010, that the US has made clear our support for India’s full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes. We still continue to believe that India is ready for the NSG,” she said. “In the last meeting, the NSG participating governments has not reached a consensus decision to admit any new applicant into the NSG group.
We were disappointed in the outcome,” she said, adding that the decisions within NSG are taken by consensus.
“Discussions that happen within that group are confidential and remains in the group. But the US remains committed. We believe that India is ready for full membership, and we will work towards that goal,” Trudeau said.
The US has been playing a lead role in supporting India’s bid in the 48-member elite group. China had scuttled New Delhi’s bid at the Plenary Session of NSG in June.