India, NSG hold outreach meeting

New Delhi, July 1 (IANS) An outreach meeting between India and the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) troika was held in Vienna on June 28.

The Indian delegation was led by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai and included representatives of the ministry of external affairs and the department of atomic energy. The NSG delegation was led by its current chair Ambassador Veronika Smigolova of the Czech Republic.

“The meeting was in continuation of the regular outreach meetings between India and the NSG. The NSG provided an update on its activities following the Prague Plenary. India expressed continued interest in enhanced engagement with the NSG with a view to securing full membership.

“India’s SCOMET (special chemicals, organisms, materials, equipment, and technology) list updated in March 2103 is on par with the current NSG control lists,” a ministry of external affairs statement said here Monday.

Mathai also attended the Sherpa meeting of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit which was held in Vienna on June 28.

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2 Comments

  • These ingenuities would have negative effects on our domestic security because of the threat of political division, the threat of terrorist organizations obtaining nuclear weapons, and the threat of nuclear accidents in India. Major issue that threatens domestic security by such initiatives is the chance of a nuclear power accident occurring in India. Ashwin Kumar writes that “the safety record in India’s nuclear facilities reveals poor practices and routine accidents”

  • creation of NSG is subject to the Indian test of 1974..By giving leverage to India in NSG will clearly violate the international rules regarding NSG..Further its not the member of NPT.. Nuclear terrorism would prevail..it would urther destabilize the region. India has been long way ahead to get membership in NSG, its not an eazy road to go.

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