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UNSC seat for India not linked with NPT: US
Washington, Nov 17 (IANS/Agencies):
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Published on 17 Nov. 2010 10:49 PM IST
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The United States says it does not see its support for India becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council at odds with New Delhi’s refusal to sign two nuclear treaties.
“Well, we don’t see those as being at odds,” State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley told reporters Tuesday when asked to explain US support for India’s bid despite its refusal to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and the nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Asked if given President Barack Obama’s interest in removing nuclear weapons from the world, India’s candidature should be looked at par with Japan and South Africa, which have shunned nuclear weapons, he said: “India has shown itself to be a responsible global stakeholder.” “And the President announced our position on India’s membership in the Security Council. And our support for India is not exclusive of our support for other countries as well,” Crowley said.
But “We are supportive of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty,” he said. US had also “encouraged Pakistan to sign on to the Fissile Material Cut-Off Regime.”
‘India showed itself as a responsible global stake holder’ India has shown itself as a responsible global stake holder, a senior Obama Administration official has said.
“India has shown itself to be a responsible global stakeholder and the (US) President announced our position on India’s membership in the Security Council,” State Department spokesman, PJ Crowley, told reporters.
“Our support for India is not exclusive of our support for other countries as well,” Crowley said in response to a question.
Crowley said the US is supportive of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, but did not specifically say if he wants India to sign it.
“We have encouraged Pakistan to sign on to the Fissile Material Cut-off regime,” he said though.

 
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