Nuclear Trade Body to Consider Ties with India at Annual Meeting

Global Security Newswire Staff
June 24, 2014, 10:06 a.m.

An ex­clus­ive, mul­tina­tion­al nuc­le­ar ex­port-con­trol group will con­sider its ties with In­dia when it meets in Buenos Aires later this week.

A draft agenda of the Nuc­le­ar Sup­pli­ers Group’s yearly meet­ing, set to take place on Thursday and Fri­day in the cap­it­al of Ar­gen­tina, states without fur­ther elab­or­a­tion that mem­ber states will be “in­vited to a gen­er­al dis­cus­sion on the NSG’s re­la­tion­ship with In­dia,” Re­u­ters re­por­ted.

In­dia is pe­ti­tion­ing for mem­ber­ship in the 48-na­tion group, whose mem­bers vol­un­tar­ily agree to only sell their nuc­le­ar products to coun­tries that have signed the Nuc­le­ar Non­pro­lif­er­a­tion Treaty. Nuc­le­ar-armed In­dia has re­fused to sign the pact, though on Monday it an­nounced it was rat­i­fy­ing the In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency’s so-called Ad­di­tion­al Pro­tocol, which per­mits heightened for­eign mon­it­or­ing of the coun­try’s non­mil­it­ary atom­ic fa­cil­it­ies.

Wash­ing­ton wel­comed the rat­i­fic­a­tion of the pact, say­ing it demon­strated an­oth­er “im­port­ant step in bring­ing In­dia in­to the in­ter­na­tion­al non­pro­lif­er­a­tion main­stream.”

While the United King­dom, the United States and Rus­sia all sup­port In­di­an NSG mem­ber­ship, oth­er group mem­bers, such as China, re­portedly have re­ser­va­tions. Ad­mit­tance to the nuc­le­ar trade body re­quires a con­sensus vote.