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U.S. drums up support for India's NSG membership

It has asked the 48-nation group to back India at the NSG plenary

Washington: In a fresh push to India’s NSG bid, the US yesterday called on members of the 48-nation elite grouping to support India’s membership during the crucial meeting of the atomic trading club in Seoul next week.

Narendra Modi and Barack Obama during the former’s visit to the US last week. File pic
Narendra Modi and Barack Obama during the former’s visit to the US last week. File pic

“The United States calls on Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) participating governments to support India’s application when it comes up at the NSG plenary,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby said. During the US visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, President Barack Obama welcomed India's application to the 48-member grouping.

UK’s support
Meanwhile, British Premier David Cameron has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the UK’s “firm support” for India’s NSG membership bid. Cameron confirmed Britain’s backing for India in a telephone call to Modi on Thursday.

'110-130 warheads in Pak’s N-arsenal'
Amid Pakistan’s efforts to get support for its NSG bid, a Congressional report has said the country’s “full spectrum deterrence” nuclear doctrine and increasing fissile production capability has increased the risk of a nuclear conflict with India. The bipartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) said Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal probably consists of approximately 110-130 nuclear warheads, although it could have more.

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