New York: Days after North Korea fired a mid-range ballistic missile over Japan, India has asked for investigations into the country’s nuclear proliferation linkages and also asked to hold accountable those responsible for it, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.
“External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj deplored North Korea’s recent actions and stated that its proliferation linkages must be explored and those involved must be held accountable,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told reporters in New York.
Last week, India had said at the United Nations that nuclear proliferation linkages active today have clear “Pakistan fingerprints” and an “unbridled’ expansion of fissile material under the nexus between state and non-state actors constitutes the biggest threat to peace.
Without naming Pakistan, the foreign ministry spokesperson today said, “I think I am giving you enough material to try to figure out what we are talking about.”
The Foreign Minister’s remarks come days after North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test on September 3, which was in direct defiance of the United Nations sanctions and other international pressure.
Ms Swaraj’s assertion in this regard came during her trilateral meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and her Japanese counterpart Taro Kono on Monday on the sidelines of the ongoing United Nations General Assembly session in New York.
In addition to proliferation, the three leaders discussed the issue of maritime security and connectivity.
“Three broad issues were discussed — maritime security connectivity and proliferation. We have spelled out what these heads mean on security the ministers emphasised the need to ensure freedom of navigation respect for international law and peaceful resolution of disputes,” Mr Kumar said.
“On connectivity, there was discussion on how to base them on universally recognised international norms prudent financing and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said.