Friday, October 2, 2009

India won't sign 'discriminatory' NPT, says Tharoor

Shortly after the United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution asking the non-Non Proliferation Treaty countries to sign the NPT, India on Thursday ruled out signing the agreement saying, "It cannot support a discriminatory" pact.

"As long as some countries possess nuclear weapons we are not prepared to be supportive of a discriminatory treaty that says some countries can have something and others cannot," Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor [ Images ] told Times Now.

Earlier, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Singh Puri, in a letter to United Nations Security Council President Susan E Rice of the US, rejected efforts to impose NPT on New Delhi [ Images ] and made it clear that it will not sign the pact as a non-weapon state as atomic arsenals are integral to its security.


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