25 Aug 2008

Nuclear stance causes problem for India

9:55 pm on 25 August 2008

New Zealand's stance on nuclear proliferation is causing a headache for India and its nuclear dream.

Despite continued pressure from the United States, New Zealand is insisting India sign both the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Nuclear Testing Ban before it will approve a pact between India and the US.

At the weekend, one of Washington's top foreign policy officials, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Glyn Davies, delivered a renewed message to the New Zealand Government asking for a waiver.

A CNN correspondent says New Zealand is an unexpected thorn in India's side.