NEW DELHI: As anticipated, China remained the only obstacle for India’s NSG bid at the special plenary session in Seoul. China was adamant in changing its stance, though 47 out of 48 member-nations of the Nuclear Supplier Group agreed on India’s entry into the elite panel. The discussions in Seoul continued till midnight, but a decision has not been taken on India’s application yet.
Officials at the Seoul plenary meeting said that the meeting would restart on Friday as a decision over India’s NSG application is pending.
Earlier, the members representing China refused to entertain a topic on India’s membership application. The plenary took five-hours before finalizing the final agenda for the meeting. Finally, it was decided to discuss on the probability of non-NPT countries entering into the NSG. The plenary has started discussing on the issue only from 9pm (local time). Eventually, though the meeting went on till midnight a final decision has not been taken regarding the entry of the non-NPT countries.
It has been reported that Countries like Brazil, South Africa and Russia have tried to surface India’s NSG application on the table and forced the members to discuss on the process of allowing a new member into the group of nuclear suppliers. The discussion took several turns, with 47 countries supporting India. Turkey stuck to its stance of supporting both Pakistan and India.
A major decision on India’s NSG application is believed to be taken on Friday.
Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Chinese President IX Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Tashkent. The discussions between the two leaders was mainly focused on China’s stance on supporting India during the plenary in Seoul. The 45-minute discussion ended without any official statement from both the sides.