Pakistan yesterday urged Nuclear Suppliers Group member countries to adopt objective and non-discriminatory criteria to award membership.
The NSG is a group of nuclear supplier countries that seeks to contribute to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons through the implementation of two sets of guidelines for nuclear exports and nuclear-related exports.
Although India was optimistic to get a membership until now, the latest reports indicate it might have to wait a bit longer. Leading American think tanks such as the Stimson Centre, United States Institute of Peace and School of Advanced International Studies, believe India’s NSG application, which will come up for review on June 9 (today) at the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting, is likely to face many roadblocks due to China’s determined bid to stop India from becoming an NSG member. Analysts suggest India’s NSG application is in a precarious position for several reasons, chief among them being China’s assertion that if the NSG countries make an exception for India, they should do the same for Pakistan. Pakistan has also filed an application.
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