NPT provisions cannot be extended to India as legal norm: Govt

Following the proceedings instituted by Marshall Islands at International Court of Justice against India for breaching obligations on nuclear disarmament, the government has written to the Hague based global judicial body denying any such contention and said the NPT provisions cannot be extended to India as a legal norm.

New Delhi: Following the proceedings instituted by Marshall Islands at International Court of Justice against India for breaching obligations on nuclear disarmament, the government has written to the Hague based global judicial body denying any such contention and said the NPT provisions cannot be extended to India as a legal norm.

It also reiterated India's position on the contentious issue of nuclear disarmament.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands has initiated proceedings against all the nuclear weapon states, including India, for contending breach of customary law obligations on nuclear disarmament of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Following this, the government too responded to the matter conveying its stand.

"Government believes that given our consistent and principled position on the NPT, its provisions cannot be extended to India as a legal obligation.

"India has written to the International Court of Jutsice denying this contention and reiteratiing India's position on nuckear disarmament," Gen V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs said in a written response to the Lok Sabha.

In the lawsuit, Marshall Islands said that the five original nuclear weapon states ? US, Russia, UK, France and China ? are continuously breaching their legal obligations under the treaty.

The five original nuclear weapon states are parties to the treaty. The four newer nuclear-armed states ? Israel, India, Pakistan, and North Korea ? are not party to the treaty.

The lawsuits contend that all nine nuclear-armed nations are violating customary international law.

The Marshall Islands, an island country located in the northern Pacific Ocean, has argued that it is justified in taking the action because of the harm it has suffered as a result of the nuclear arms race.

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