New Delhi: Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar on Wednesday flew to Seoul on a previously unannounced trip ahead of a crucial meeting of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) amid expectations that the club may consider India`s application for membership.
"While it is true that the Foreign Secretary has flown to Seoul, the NSG plenary hasn`t even begun yet," a highly placed diplomatic source said here.
The source said India`s entry into the club "is a delicate and complex process" and nothing could be stated conclusively as of now. "At this point, let us not speculate," the source said.
The Foreign Secretary`s sudden visit comes amid hectic Indian lobbying with NSG member nations for its entry into the club that regulates global nuclear commerce despite China`s opposition.
The 48-nation grouping works on the principle of consensus and allows a new member only if all existing members agree.
China insists that India, being a non-signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), cannot be allowed in unless there was a consensus in the grouping.
Beijing says that if any concession was given to India, the same should apply to Pakistan. Some other countries also have reservations about India`s membership.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to leave for Tashkent for a two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) -- a Eurasian political and economic bloc.
Modi is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping and take up with him the issue of India`s NSG membership.