After Failed NSG Bid, India Now Eyes ‘Special Plenary’ Session

The Seoul Plenary meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group did not yield the expected results for India. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and China’s President Xi Jinping. (Photo: Reuters)

On Sunday, India conceded that the Seoul plenary meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group did not offer the desired results, reported The Hindu.

Today, Indian diplomacy doesn’t have fear of failure. If we don’t get desired results, it only means that we redouble our efforts.
Vikas Swarup, Spokesperson, External Affairs Ministry 

Confirming earlier media reports, an official source said a “special plenary session of the NSG may be called at the year-end,” the report said.

There was only one country which persistently raised procedural hurdles, as a result of which no decision could be arrived at.

This is not the first time India has highlighted another country (namely China) as a hurdle to its entry into the group.

We believe we have met the criteria and have all credentials to be an NSG member. Our non-proliferation credentials are very well known, our record speaks for itself.

The Congress reportedly said India’s bid for NSG membership was ill-advised.

India has impeccable credentials. There was no need for us to move around as a petitioner and end up being equated with Pakistan.
Congress Statement

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