India demands closer attention to N-proliferation at UNSC

28th Sep,2021

India demands closer attention to N-proliferation at UNSC

On Monday, India insisted on stepped up attention from the international community to check illegal proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Speaking at the UN security council meeting on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), foreign secretary Harsh V Shringla ,said, that there is a need for the international community to pay closer attention to the illegitimate proliferation of networks of nuclear weapons, their delivery systems, components and related technologies.

Shringla added that while India has become a member of three of four global non-proliferation regimes— Australia Group, Wassenaar Arrangement and
Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR)— it has harmonised its controls in accordance to the Nuclear suppliers Group. India is yet to get entry into the NSG because China has obstructed India’s membership. Given the state of bilateral relations, that block is not probably to be lifted anytime soon.

Shringla said India did not contract on to CTBT because it did not address India’s core concerns. India maintains a unilateral suspension on explosive nuclear testing, he said, leaving the door open for simulated and other means of testing.

India also recommitted to talks for a fissile material cutoff treaty on the basis of the mandate of CD/1299. These negotiations have not moved anywhere because of Pakistan’s protests.

India has played a leading role in global efforts towards nuclear arms limitation. India was the first country to call for a prohibition on nuclear testing in 1954 and a non-discriminatory treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, as distinct from non-dissemination, in 1965, said Shringla, as he emphasized on India’s commitment to a nuclear weapon free world.

Without prejudice to the priority we attach to nuclear disarmament, India has showed its readiness to support the commencement of talks on a Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty (FMCT) in the Conference on Disarmament on the basis of the mandate contained in CD/1299, Shringla said, adding that in this context, India has also served in the work of the Group of Governmental Experts on FMCT and the High-level Expert Preparatory Group on FMCT.