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India ready for full membership of NSG, says US

The United States has once again reiterated that it will continue to work “constructively” for India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 10, 2016 11:38 IST ]
PM Modi with US President Obama
Image Source : PTI PM Modi with US President Obama

The United States has once again reiterated that it will continue to work “constructively” for India’s entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Talking to reporters, State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said on Friday that the US is working in this direction with New Delhi and other NSG members.

Elizabeth Trudeau said that as far as US is concerned, India is ready for full membership of the 48-nation group.

“We’ve been very clear since 2010, the US has made clear our support for India’s full membership in the four multilateral export control regimes. We continue to believe India is ready for the NSG,” Trudeau said.

“In the last meeting, the NSG participating governments did not reach a consensus decision to admit any new applicant into the group. We were disappointed in the outcome. Discussions within that group are confidential within that group. But the US remains committed. We believe India is ready for full membership. We will work towards that goal,” she added.

When asked if the US is also talking to China for India’s entry given the fact that it was the only country to have ferociously opposed New Delhi’s NSG bid, Trudeau refused to give any direct reply.

“On the particular conversations on China, because I know you’re going to come back and ask, I have nothing to read out on that,” she said.

"We continue, though, and will be, continued to work constructively with India and with members of the NSG on India's accession in the months ahead," she added.

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