Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)

India on campaign to get membership of top nuke clubs

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, June 28, IRNA -- India said on Tuesday it aims to get full membership of the four elite multilateral export control regimes that monitor the global movement of atomic material and equipment.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao has underlined that India has in place strict and effective controls over export of sensitive items in line with the best international standards, and that New Delhi has expressed interest in joining the elite nuclear clubs.

The four multilateral export control regimes include the NSG, the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), the Wassenaar Arrangement and the Australia group.

'India has expressed interest in the full membership of the four multilateral export control regimes which we believe will be mutually beneficial,' Foreign Secretary Niprupama Rao said in a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies at London, according to pti.

India's fresh assertion comes closely after a setback at the NSG which tightened its regulations for the export of sensitive technologies, which India objected to.

'Over the recent years, our Civil Nuclear Initiative has resulted in international civil nuclear energy cooperation with various international partners, including the US, France, UK, Russia, Canada.

'This has reflected recognition of India's impeccable non-proliferation record and its contributions to global non-proliferation objectives,' she said.

Rao said India is engaged with the regimes and regime members and hopes to make progress in that direction with the support of our partners, including the UK.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30453266

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