Although India’s NSG application has been walled by China and has faced some crisis and is been stoned out. But just after that fall back India has just made another milestone by entering into Missile Technology Control regime.
We applied for the membership of MTCR last year and all the procedural formalities have been completed. Tomorrow, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will sign the document of accession into MTCR in the presence of Ambassadors of France, Netherlands and Luxembourg,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson.
Significantly, China, which stonewalled India’s entry into the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group ( NSG ) at the just- concluded Seoul plenary, is not a member of 34-nation MTCR.
India’s case in MTCR was opposed last year by Italy which is not happy with New Delhi over the marines dispute. However, after both marines, accused of murdering two fishermen off the Kerala coast in 2012, were allowed to return, the Italians have softened their opposition.
India’s efforts to get into the MTCR also got a boost after it agreed to join the Hague Code of Conduct, dealing with the ballistic missile non-proliferation arrangement, earlier this month.
MTCR membership will enable India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia.
India already have a large and Powerful sets of Missiles including Brahmos and others but this will help expand it’s power level to higher limits.