UNSC berth for India not linked with NPT, CTBT: US

UNSC berth for India not linked with NPT, CTBT: US

Washington:Describing India as a “responsible" global stakeholder, the US has said its support for New Delhi’s quest for a permanent UNSC seat is not at odds with India’s refusal to sign the NPT and CTBT.

“We don’t see those as being at odds," State Department spokesman P J Crowley told reporters at his daily news conference when asked to explain the US support for India’s UNSC bid despite its refusal to sign the nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) on the grounds that they were discriminatory in nature.

He said: “Our support for India is not exclusive of our support for other countries as well," given President Barack Obama’s pursuit for global disarmament and Japan as well as South Africa’s bid to become a permanent member of the UNSC.

“India has shown itself to be a responsible global stakeholder, and the President announced our position on India’s membership in the Security Council," Crowley said.

He said the US is supportive of the CTBT, but did not specifically say if he wants India to sign it.

Though Crowley said, “We’ve encouraged Pakistan to sign on to the Fissile Material Cut-off regime."