India sure of China's support for nuclear group's membership

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Posted: Jun 19, 2016 7:02 AM

NEW DELHI (AP) — India says it's confident of winning China's support for membership in a group of 48 nations controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj says China is not opposing India's entry into the group, but that it has raised objections relating to criteria and processes.

Swaraj said Sunday that an Indian Foreign Ministry official recently visited Beijing and held discussions on the membership issue.

The Nuclear Suppliers Group is focused on restricting nuclear proliferation by controlling which countries can gain access to technology used in making atomic weapons.

Only countries that have ratified the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons are normally eligible for membership. India hasn't, but has committed to some controls of its nuclear program under a nuclear cooperation pact with the United States.