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Talks with China on NSG will continue: Sushma Swaraj

India will never sign the NPT but would respect the mandate, says external affairs minister

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Publish Date: Jul 20 2016 2:40PM | Updated Date: Jul 20 2016 2:40PM

Talks with China on NSG will continue: Sushma Swaraj

 External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said  that India's inability at Seoul to get membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) was not a "failure." 

 
The government is continuing to engage with China to enlist its support for the same, she added.
 
"China did create procedural hurdles. I am stating this again. They said NSG membership could not be given to non-Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) countries. But our engagement with China is continuing," Swaraj said during question hour in Lok sabha on Wednesday.
 
Denying that government had created a "hype" over India's attempts for NSG membership this year, she said, "It was a low-key affair when we applied for the NSG membership in May. It was only in later stage that we made all sincere attempts. These attempts should not be called a hype." 
 
To another question, the external affairs minister said India will "never" sign the NPT but would respect the mandate.
 
"Some credit for this should go to the previous government (UPA) also," she added.