India Joins Weapons Control Regime Wassenaar Arrangement

India Joins Weapons Control Regime Wassenaar Arrangement

"Confirming that the WA's existing membership criteria continue to apply, WA Participating States reviewed the progress of a number of current membership applications and agreed at the Plenary meeting to admit India which will become the Arrangement's 42nd Participating State as soon as the necessary procedural arrangements for joining the WA are completed", the statement said.

In a significant development, elite export control regime Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) has chose to admit India as its new member, which is expected to raise New Delhi's stature in the field of non-proliferation besides helping it acquire critical technologies. "Some controls were relaxed, such as for mechanical high-speed cameras and digital computers", the Wassenaar Arrangement said.

The statement was put up on the WA website. "As president of the Wassenaar Arrangement this year and co-rapporteur of India's candidacy, France warmly congratulates India for joining the Arrangement".

"The United States welcomes the successful conclusion of the #WassenaarArrangement plenary, which offered #India membership, agreed upon over 80 control list updates, & (and) exchanged views on #proliferation challenges", the U.S. mission to UN in Vienna tweeted.

Since its civil nuclear deal with the US, India has been trying to get into export control regimes like Wassenaar Arrangement and the NSG. India is already a member of the Missile Control Technology Regime (MTCR).

India has also applied for membership in the Australia Group, an informal export control grouping concerned with the nonproliferation of chemical and biological weapons.


The grouping said India will be its 42nd member state as soon as the necessary formalities are completed.

India's admission to the Arrangement is not predicated on this requirement; New Delhi has never signed the NPT and has sought to burnish its nonproliferation credentials through its behavior and policies since its nuclear breakout in 1998.

The NSG controls global nuclear commerce.

He also said Russian Federation is trying to develop relations with Pakistan, "without any hidden agenda" and "in no case at India's expense".

Taking a dig at the United States for not pushing China to remove its objections to India's membership at the NSG as Russian Federation had, Mr. Ryabkov said, "Unlike some other countries that only speak of support, Russian Federation takes actual steps to help and actions speak more than words..."

On Thursday, Beijing reiterated that its position on admitting new members to the NSG remained unchanged.

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