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vikas swarupMinistry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup in a statement to the media on Sunday said that no-one in the global community could ever equate India with Pakistan on Nuclear non-proliferation issue.

“Our credentials on non-proliferation are very well known, our track record speaks for itself. As far as other countries are concerned, their track record speaks for themselves,” he said in a statement today.

“I don’t think anyone in global community can ever equate India with Pakistan on Nuclear non-proliferation issue,” he added.

Talking about India’s membership in the elite Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG), Swarup said that some processes taken longer and NSG membership was one such process.

“There are some processes which take longer, I’d evaluate the NSG membership process in that category,” he said.

Talking about China opposing India’s membership in the elite Nuclear Supplier’s Group (NSG), Swarup said that, “There was only one country which persistently raised procedural hurdles as a result of which no result could be arrived at India to continue discussion with China on NSG issue. There is a possibility of India’s inclusion. Some countries did raise procedure-related issues but not a single country apart from that one country opposed India’s membership of NSG.”

The MEA spokesperson further added that India’s position on Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was clear and that he believed that India had met all the ‘criteria and credentials’ to be a NSG member.

Swarup further added that these were ‘continuing processes’ and that the country shall work ‘actively’ on them.

“Today Indian diplomacy doesn’t have fear of failure. If we don’t get desired results it only means that we redouble our efforts,” he added.

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