The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), whose membership India failed to get two days back, is likely to meet again before the end of the year to specially discuss the process for allowing non-NPT signatories into the 48-nation grouping, thus providing another chance to India to press its claims.
After the Congress slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi over India's failed bid to join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is abroad, took to Twitter to hit out at the government's “failed diplomacy”.
Early on Friday morning, Indian time, the verdict from Seoul was announced: India was denied entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). For many, this had been a foregone conclusion, but the strenuous efforts of the Indian government raised hope that things would ultimately come out in India's favour as they did in 2008.
The Seoul plenary session is over. New Delhi's has to wait for next year's Switzerland session to carry forward its mission.
The ministry of external affairs (MEA) in a press release, issued on Friday said that “discussions on expansion of membership, or what is called 'participation' in NSG, were certainly not hypothetical.”
China stonewalling India’s entry into NSG from the shadows despite multiple ambiguous statements from Beijing (all orchestrated by the Chinese government since all media in China is state controlled), was on predictable lines.
China on Friday continued to oppose India's entry to the NSG, saying the global non-proliferation order will collapse if New Delhi joined the grouping.
As the NSG meeting ended with no decision on India's membership bid, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying he has "failed completely" on foreign policy front
The plenary meeting of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) ended on Friday with no decision on India's membership bid as divisions persisted over admitting non-NPT members with China leading the opposition to it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday urged China to support India's NSG bid, but there was no breakthrough on the issue at the meeting of the 48-nation grouping in the face of stiff Chinese-led opposition.
India's membership to the NSG will give it better access to technology that can bring down emissions
Amidst stiff opposition by China to India's entry into NSG, France on Wednesday strongly backed New Delhi's case, saying it will bolster global efforts against nuclear proliferation and asking the member states to take a "positive decision" in the Seoul plenary meeting.
President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Tashkent beginning on Thursday during which India is expected to seek China's support for membership of the NSG.
In an apparent climb down, China on Wednesday said it will play a "constructive" role in the discussions on India's bid for membership of the 48-member NSG but at the same maintained that the issue was not on the agenda of the NSG meeting in Seoul.
If and when, India enters the NSG, it would be a red letter day in our diplomatic history. But we need to be cautious of China and Pakistan.
China, which has been opposing India's NSG membership bid, on Tuesday for the first time said the "door is open" for discussions on the issue but took a swipe at the US for backing India, saying it was one of those who made the rule against the entry of non-NPT countries into NSG.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar made an unannounced visit to Beijing to enlist support for India's bid for membership of NSG which is being opposed by China.
China said on Sunday that more talks were needed to build a consensus on which countries can join the main group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology, after a push by the United States to include India.
China's objection to India’s NSG membership is political. India is part of the "strategic periphery" which China has historically sought to weaken.