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India supports verifiable, non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament, says government

The central government said today that India is always ready for nuclear disarmament, but it should be done in a verifiable and non-discriminatory manner. The statement comes a week after the meeting in New York, where countries such as India, US, China and Pakistan had boycotted the negotiations on a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. India rejected the resolution since it found that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons does not provide for a mandatory international law that can be enforced. The statement was made by External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Gopal Baglay.

“India continues to attach priority to and remains committed to universal, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament. India, however, did not participate in the negotiations on a treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons which were concluded in New York on 7 July 2017. Also, none of the other States possessing nuclear weapons participated in the negotiations,” Baglay said. Baglay also said that a detailed Explanation of Vote (EoV) about India’s abstention on the resolution has already been submitted to the UN General Assembly.

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