Friday, 15 December, 2017

India Granted Membership of Wassenaar Arrangement

India In Advanced Stage Of Joining Wassenaar Arrangement Speaking to China at 'all levels' to include India into the Nuclear Supplies Group: Russia
Kenny Thornton | 08 December, 2017, 07:19

Last year, India gained entry into the Missile Technologies Control Regime (MTCR), which paved the way for it to get critical missile technologies and also export its missiles. This development will burnish India's nonproliferation credentials and broaden its access to sensitive technologies.

"Confirming that the WA's existing membership criteria continue to apply, WA Participating States reviewed the progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the Plenary meeting to admit India which will become the Arrangement's 42nd Participating State as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed", Jean- Louis Falconi, who chaired the cartel's plenary on behalf of French Government, said in a statement issued from Vienna late on Thursday. Just $5 a month.

India is likely to get the membership of the Wassenaar Arrangement, one of the key export control regimes that deals with non-proliferation, if everything goes well at the plenary session onThursday, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Wednesday.

India has not signed the NPT, terming it discriminatory - as it only recognises nations which conducted nuclear explosive devices before 1967 as nuclear weapon states.

Though admission requires consensus, the United States' backing for Indian admission into the Arrangement - reaffirmed prominently by the Obama administration - helped New Delhi's case. China has favoured a criteria-based approach for expansion of the 48-member group, which controls global nuclear commerce.

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India has also applied for membership in the Australia Group, an informal export control grouping concerned with the nonproliferation of chemical and biological weapons.

"We want to bring the group back to its roots and make it possible for the group to consider everyone's supporting applications on its merits and this is how it should be done in case of India", he said.

"China's position on this remains unchanged", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told the media here responding to Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkovs remarks in New Delhi that Moscow was speaking to China for India's membership into the NSG. Its opposition has made India's entry into the group hard as the NSG works on the principle of consensus.

China is neither the member of the Wassenaar Arrangement nor the MTCR and the Australia Group.

Earlier this year, India had updated its export control lists to bring them in line with global standards, including those required by the Wassenaar Arrangement.

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