No concrete support extended to india by New-Zealand on NSG status
India failed to get an outright statement of support for its bid to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key after talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
New Zealand is part of a group called the New Agenda for Coalition which promotes the NPT and pushes for nuclear disarmament worldwide.
Run up to important meet
The visit comes in the run-up to a crucial NSG Consultative Group (CG) meeting to be held in Vienna specifically to consider whether countries that haven’t signed on to the NPT can be considered for membership.
The meeting will be held on November 9 and 10. India’s membership bid failed to make headway in June this year in Seoul.
Hurdle by China
Also crucial will be a meeting between Chinese nuclear point person Wang Qun and MEA’s nuclear negotiator Amandeep Singh Gill, ahead of the Vienna meet.
China has made it clear that it would oppose any India-specific membership process, calling instead for a 2-step procedure that would first set the criteria for non-NPT members that include Pakistan.