US, UK firmly back India’s NSG spot bid
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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