Seek NSG’s acceptance, not individual endorsements: US tells Pak

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Pakistan has been asked by the United States to put its case of joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) before the 48-member countries rather than seeking individual endorsements for joining it.
Islamabad had earlier this week, sent letters to American officials and lawmakers, urging them to support its bid for joining the 48-member club that controls access to sensitive nuclear technology, reports the Dawn. The 48-nation NSG held a special meeting in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday to consider applications from India and Pakistan.
Both New Delhi and Islamabad possess atomic weapons but are not signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
When it became obvious that China will not allow India to join the NSG on Thursday afternoon, a spokesman for the US State Department urged Pakistan to present its application before the entire group.
When asked why Washington wasn’t backing Pakistan’s application, spokesman, Mark Toner, said, “That’s a collective decision reached by the members of the group.” “India is also pursuing membership into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, but certainly, if Pakistan wants to pursue that, that’s something for all the members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group to consider,” he added.
US President Barack Obama, who met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Tuesday, after the meeting announced that the United States strongly supported India’s bid to join the NSG.
On being suggested by a journalist that the US position on this issue may further strain already tense relations between India and Pakistan, Toner urged Pakistan to stop terrorists from using its soil to conduct operations inside India. “We believe that Pakistan and India stand to benefit from practical cooperation and encourage direct dialogue aimed at increasing cooperation and reducing tensions,” he said.

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