NEW DELHI: India has voluntarily joined the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation to position itself alongside the non-proliferation global powers.
This comes ahead of India’s application for membership to the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) coming up for a confirmation soon.
India has notified the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) Central Contract in Vienna through diplomatic channels about its decision, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said at his weekly briefing here today.
“The HCoC is a voluntary, legally non-binding international confidence building and transparency measure that seeks to prevent the proliferation of ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering weapons of mass destruction,” he said, adding it signalled the nation’s readiness to further strengthen global non-proliferation objectives.
However, this would not come in the way of India’s national security-related missile programmes, he said, noting that the nation has not comprised its interests by joining HCoC.
The HCoC is only an additional feature of the non-proliferation commitments that nations profess and it is not related to India’s membership applications with any of the global control regimes, particularly MTCR, officials added.
India’s application to join the MTCR is pending with the international grouping for a year now, though it was taken up once late last year without any final decision. The application is still under the consideration of the grouping.