New Delhi: Making it clear it will not give up nuclear arms until universal disarmament is achieved, India on Tuesday said the weapons had ended attempts by global powers to blackmail it to toe a particular line.
"Nuclear weapons today are integral part of our national security and will remain so, pending non-discriminatory and global nuclear disarmament," External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said.
India's "hard-headed" leadership had fought "explicit or implicit threat" by global powers to change its "behaviour, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon said addressing a national conference on global nuclear disarmament to commemorate the 24 years of the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan for a nuclear weapons free world order.
"On at least three occasions before 1998 other powers used the explicit or implicit threat of nuclear weapons to try and change India's behaviour," Menon said without elaborating....more
09:52 PM, Aug 21, 2012
New Delhi: India is set to renew its pitch for universal nuclear disarmament at a conference here Tuesday, an idea first thrown up by the late Rajiv Gandhi. External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will inaugurate the National Outreach Conference on Global Nuclear Disarmament, an initiative of the prime minister's informal group on global disarmament chaired by Mani Shankar Aiyar of the Congress. The conference, organised by the Indian Council of...
02:21 PM, Aug 19, 2012