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Nuclear policy based on consensus: PM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Dec 16, IRNA -- Declaring that India was now a nuclear 
power, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday asserted the country`s 
policies on nuclear and defence would be based on "continuity and 
national consensus." 
"India is a nuclear power and will remain a nuclear power," Singh 
said in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament), according 
to Press Trust of India-(PTI), emphasising that there would be 
continuity on India`s nuclear and defence policies on the basis of 
"national consensus." 
"I categorically say there is no uncertainty in our nuclear 
policy," he said. 
He was responding to Leader of Opposition Jaswant Singh who voiced
concern over reported remarks of External Affairs Minister Natwar 
Singh in Seoul that the previous NDA government was responsible for 
the Indo-Pak nuclear stand-off belittling the country`s achievement. 
Singh said, "My assessment was that the reported remarks appear to
be in context to questions from journalists and what he (external 
affairs minister) said was not a statement on foreign policy." 
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