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No revision in "no-first-use nuclear doctrine": India

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, Mar 16, IRNA -- The Government of India on Wednesday made it clear that there will be no revision of the country's no-first-use nuclear doctrine and said minimum credible deterrence would be maintained in view of threats and challenges.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna Wednesday told the Lok Sabha (Lower House of Indian Parliament) that the government is working to improve relations with immediate neighbours, including Pakistan and China, as also with other countries like the US and Russia.

'The Government remains committed in taking effective steps to strengthen India's defence and to maintain credible minimum nuclear deterrence,' Krishna said referring to some members' concern over Pakistan's growing nuclear arsenal.

'On nuclear doctrine, I would only like to say that there is no change in our policy. We are committed to universal, non-discriminatory nuclear disarmament and we remain firm on the commitment,' he said.

Meanwhile, in another development, National Security Advisor, Shivshanker Menon, while asked about the remarks on a suggestion made by former External Affairs Minister Jaswant Singh for a revision of the nuclear policy 'with a sense of urgency', particularly of the no-first-use doctrine formulated by the NDA government, said, “Government is unlikely to change its no-first-use nuclear doctrine which was adopted in 1998,”, pti reported.

Delving in the nuclear issue, Singh yesterday in Parliament had also said while India has only 50-60 warheads, Pakistan has 100-110 warheads whose location even the US was not aware of.

After its nuclear tests in 1998, India adopted the policy of no-first-use of nuclear weapons.

However, India's nuclear policy currently states that even though there will be no-first-use of nuclear weapons by it, 'nuclear retaliation to a first strike will be massive and designed to inflict unacceptable damage'.



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