New Delhi, June 26: The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is likely to meet again at the end of this year to discuss the procedure for allowing non-NPT signatories to get its membership. The occasion will thus give India another chance to push its bid for a seat in the club after its latest efforts hit a wall, thanks to the rigid objection raised by China. [What is NSG?]
The Chinese obstacle at the NSG plenary which was held in Seoul in South Korea was mainly based on the fact that India is not a signatory to the NPT although observers said the resistance was more because Beijing doesn't want New Delhi get an upper edge vis-à-vis Islamabad and get an advantage over the nuclear balance in South Asia by becoming the NPT member. [Why India's NSG membership is important]
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said India's NSG bid is a long-time process and that New Delhi will continue with its efforts to join the group. He said India has already met the NPT provisions. [India set to be admitted in MTCR on June 27]
Swarup refused to use the term 'no consensus' on India's bid in the NSG plenary as "failure" though he agreed that the results were not at par with India's expectations.