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Nuclear export group divided over ties with India: diplomats

Published on Jul 2, 2014 9:44 PM

VIENNA (REUTERS) - An influential global body that controls atomic exports is divided over establishing closer ties with India, meaning the nuclear-armed Asian power may have to wait a while longer before joining.

Diplomatic sources said different opinions were voiced in a debate on relations with India - a non-signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) - at an annual meeting of the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) last week in Buenos Aires.

The United States, Britain and other members have argued in favour of India joining the trade body, established in 1975 to ensure that civilian nuclear trade is not diverted for military aims.

NSG membership could boost India's international standing as a responsible atomic power and also give it greater influence on issues related to global nuclear trade.

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