India seeks probe into nuke proliferation links between Pak, North Korea


New York: India has on Tuesday asked for investigations into North Korea’s nuclear proliferation linkages and said those responsible for it must be held responsible, in a veiled reference to Pakistan.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made the assertion 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.

Sushma Swaraj remarks came days after North Korea fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday. On September 3, North Korea had conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test in direct defiance of United Nations sanctions and other international pressure.

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.

The leaders of the three countries – India, Japan and the US – also emphasised on the need for ensuring freedom of navigation, respect for international law and peaceful resolution of disputes, as they held a trilateral meeting in the backdrop of Doklam crisis and assertive Chinese behaviour.

India and China last month ended a 73-day standoff in Doklam area of the Sikkim sector that was triggered by China’s move to build a road in the border area.

Swaraj, who arrived in New York on Sunday to attend the 72nd annual session of the UN General Assembly, is scheduled to address the United Nations on September 23.

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