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Big Blow To Obama As India Delays Paris Ratification Indefinitely

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Indrani Bagchi, Times of India

A big outcome of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) failure is that India will now not ratify the Paris Agreement anytime soon. This will be a big blow to the Obama administration which wanted India to ratify the pact so it could enter into force.

NEW DELHI: India’s high energy, high profile campaign to get into the NSG failed Friday morning, as China remained adamantly opposed to even considering the issue.

After a plenary meeting in Seoul, which saw Chinese diplomats attempt to block even a discussion, the 48-member nuclear cartel could not take a decision on India’s membership.

A last minute diplomatic outreach by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese president Xi Jinping also failed to cut any ice.

A big outcome of the NSG failure is that India will now not ratify the Paris Agreement anytime soon. That agreement is a key element of US President Barack Obama’s legacy.

The Indian statement says clearly, “An early positive decision by the NSG would have allowed us to move forward on the Paris Agreement.” This will be a big blow to the Obama administration which wanted India to ratify the pact so it could enter into force.

It was understood that an NSG membership would help India clear the Paris Agreement.

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