Source: Original source28 Jun 2016 12:38:39

Washington, June 28: Acknowledging India’ continuous efforts to non-proliferation, United States on Monday said that after becoming a member of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), India would strengthen international non-proliferation.
“India demonstrated to all MTCR partners a sustained commitment to non-proliferation, and has a legally based, effective export control system that puts into effect the MTCR guidelines and procedures, and administers and enforces such controls effectively,” the US state department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau said.

United States and all the 34 other members agreed that India met the standard for joining the MTCR and agreed that India’s membership would strengthen international nonproliferation, Tradeau said during daily press briefing. In a separate statement issued by the state department, the US welcomed India’s accession as the newest MTCR member.

Elizabeth Tradeau, Spokesperson of US Department of State 

“India posesses substantial missile-relevant technology and has excellent non-proliferation and export control credentials. Its accession bolsters substantially the regime’s effectiveness and objectives,” the state department said. “India is a valued non-proliferation partner. We look forward to working with India in the MTCR in support of our shared nonproliferation goals,” it said.

India joined the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as the 35th member on Monday marking first entry into any multilateral export control regime. Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar  on Monday signed the instrument of accession to MTCR in the presence of France’s Ambassador-designate Alexandre Ziegler, The Netherlands’ Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga and Luxembourg’s Chargé d’Affaires Laure Huberty at New Delhi.

Embeded Object

MTCR membership will enable India to buy high-end missile technology and also enhance its joint ventures with Russia. The aim of the MTCR is to restrict the proliferation of missiles, complete rocket systems, unmanned air vehicles and related technology for those systems capable of carrying a 500 kilogramme payload for at least 300 kilometres, as well as systems intended for the delivery of weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

It comes as a big achievement after failing to get the membership of NSG (Nuclear suppliers Group) due to opposition by various nations. Significantly, China, which opposed India's entry into the 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group at the just-concluded Seoul plenary, is not a member of 34-nation MTCR.