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Pakistan seeks Russia, South Korea support for NSG berth

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan began its concrete campaign for Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG) membership after United States and Mexico back India for the seat.

Pakistan formally applied to join the 48-nation informal but exclusive club of nuclear trading countries, telling US it qualifies for nuclear suppliers club

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi secured Washington’s backing on Tuesday for New Delhi’s bid for a membership of the NSG after talks with US President Barack Obama.

However, Pakistan warned against any country-specific exemptions, which according to a senior Foreign Office official, would negatively impact strategic stability in South Asia.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz spoke by the phone with foreign ministers of Russia, South Korea and New Zealand as part of Pakistan’s continuing diplomatic efforts towards mobilising support for the country’s application for NSG membership, The Express Tribune reported.

“His interlocutors expressed support for a non-discriminatory approach on NSG expansion to non-NPT states,” said a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

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