US, UK firmly back In­dia’s NSG spot bid

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WASH­ING­TON/LON­DON: The US called on mem­ber-na­tions of the Nu­clear Sup­pli­ers Group (NSG) on Thurs­day to vote to ad­mit In­dia at a ple­nary slated for next week in Seoul.

All 48 mem­bers of the group, which over­sees in­ter­na­tional trade in nu­clear equip­ment and re­sources to check pro­lif­er­a­tion, must vote unan­i­mously for In­dia to be­come its new­est mem­ber.

“The United States calls on NSG par­tic­i­pat­ing gov­ern­ments to sup­port In­dia’s ap­pli­ca­tion when it comes up at the NSG ple­nary,” state depart­ment spokesman John Kirby said at his daily brief­ing on Thurs­day.

Asked how the US per­ceived In­dia’s chances, Kirby said, “I’m not go­ing to get ahead of how that’s go­ing to go or hy­poth­e­size and spec­u­late about where it’s go­ing to go.” He added: “We’ve made clear that we sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion.”

In­dia for­mally ap­plied for mem­ber­ship last week, but has been work­ing to­wards it a while now — Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s re­cent visit to Mex­ico was a part of that ex­er­cise.

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