Do not make India target: Japan envoy

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New Delhi, Jan 18 (UNI) Japanese Ambassador to India Yasukuni Enoki today said that making India the only exception to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the implementation of the Indo-US Nuclear deal might weaken the non-proliferation regime as it would be difficult to distinguish between ''good boy and bad boy.'' He, however, lauded India's nuclear record saying it was ''very clean.'' ''Making India the only exception to the NPT, may weaken the NPT regime. There is no doubt that India has a very clean record. But the logic is how to demarcate good boy and bad boy.

This exception should be only onec,'' he said at a press conference here.

He said that if the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) approved India as an exception, it could trigger another argument...For this we have to identify what kind of a safeguards agreement will be there between India and the IAEA. Will it be near the P-5 or near non-nuclear States, or in between. But how much in between,'' he said in response to a question.

Mr Enoki, however, said India should not be made the target country and added that prevention of proliferation should be the subject of common discussion.

Asked whether Japan would support India when the matter came up for discussion at the NSG, the Ambassador said Japan's position is under consideration.

To another question on whether Japan was still with the G-4 demanding permanent membership to the UN Security Council, the Ambassador said Japan is 'within the G-4 framework.' ''Our attempt last year was not successful...The mission is not impossible but difficult...We are very seriously exchanging views on how we should proceed from now on,'' Mr Enoki added.

To another question, the Ambassador said there was no plan to expand G-8. The basic concept was democracy, development and market economy.


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