In­dia be­comes MTCR ...

Pakistan Observer - - IN­TER­NA­TIONAL -

France, the Nether­lands and Lux­em­bourg.

The for­eign min­istry also thanked the other 34 mem­bers of the MTCR group for sup­port­ing New Delhi’s in­clu­sion.

Ad­mis­sion in the MTCR is be­ing seen as the next step for In­dia in le­git­imis­ing its nu­clear en­ergy and mis­sile pro­grammes af­ter it con­ducted atomic tests in 1998 that alarmed the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

The MTCR re­stricts the pro­lif­er­a­tion of mis­siles, rocket sys­tems, un­manned air vehicles, or drones, and the tech­nol­ogy for sys­tems ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing a pay­load of 500kg for at least 300km, as well as sys­tems in­tended for the de­liv­ery of weapons of mass de­struc­tion.

Last week, at a ple­nary meet­ing of the nu­clear group in Seoul, In­dia’s mem­ber­ship to the 48-na­tion group that con­trols ac­cess to sen­si­tive nu­clear tech­nol­ogy was shot down af­ter China raised pro­ce­dural hurdles.

In­dia, still smart­ing over be­ing de­nied en­try, on Sun­day said the is­sue of its mem­ber­ship of the nu­clear group was not go­ing to go away.

Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs min­istry spokesper­son Vikas Swarup said New Delhi had taken up the is­sue with Bei­jing at mul­ti­ple lev­els.

“We are go­ing to con­tinue dis­cussing this with China. This is go­ing to be an im­por­tant el­e­ment of our dis­cus­sion with China. We will con­tinue to im­press upon them that re­la­tion­ships move for­ward on the ba­sis of mu­tual ac­com­mo­da­tion of each other’s in­ter­ests, con­cerns and pri­or­i­ties,” Swarup told re­porters in New Delhi.

China is not a mem­ber of the MTCR, how­ever. Bei­jing’s ap­pli­ca­tion to join the MTCR is pend­ing, lead­ing to some an­a­lysts in New Delhi say­ing In­dia could use it as a bar­gain­ing chip to lever­age its en­try into the nu­clear group.—AP

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