Donald Trump’s administration has urged other members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to support India’s membership bid to the elite grouping. The NSG controls international nuclear trade.
The US Department of Defence and Department of State said in a joint report that the United States welcomed India's application to join the NSG and it continues to re-affirm that India is ready for the membership. It also added that the US has called upon other NSG members to support India's application.
The Trump administration also re-affirmed its support for India's membership in the Australia Group and the Wassenaar Arrangement as soon as India meets each group's membership criteria.
The report further read that both the US and India share a commitment to preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.
Trump has echoed what former President Barack Obama announced during his state visit to India in November 2010, which included complete US support for India’s participation in the NSG, the Wassenaar Arrangement, the Australia Group as well as in the Missile Technology Control Regime.
India’s membership bid to the NSG has received firm support from several other member nations including France, Russia, UK, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Canada and Switzerland.
However, China remains opposed to Indian membership to the grouping along with some other countries including New Zealand, Ireland and Austria. China backs its opposition with the claim that India is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). China's opposition has made India's entry into the group difficult as it is considered on a consensus decision.
A plenary meeting of the NSG in Bern last month had discussed India's membership bid and had decided to hold another meeting in November 2017 to discuss the issue.
Besides India, Pakistan and Namibia’s membership application too remains to be considered.
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