There is no Question of India Joining the NPT as a Non-Nuclear Weapon State

Untitled-3Ambassador DB Venkatesh Varma said that, “As a responsible nuclear power India has a policy of credible minimum deterrence based on a No First Use posture and non-use of nuclear weapons against non- nuclear weapon states”.

Varma at a meeting of the UN General Assembly Committee on Disarmament and International Peace said that, “We are prepared to covert these into bilateral or multilateral legally binding arrangements”.

While New Delhi is “unwavering in its commitment to universal, non-discriminatory, verifiable nuclear disarmament,” he said, “there is no question of India joining the NPT as a non-nuclear weapon state.”

He also said that, “India is committed to working with the international community to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their means of delivery”.

He added that, “We have called for a meaningful dialogue among all states possessing nuclear weapons to build trust and confidence and for reducing the salience of nuclear weapons in international affairs and security doctrines”.

Medaram Jathara

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