Govt refuses to comment on other countries` N-arms
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 18:39
  
New Delhi: In the wake of media and think-tank reports estimating the size of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal, India on Thursday said it does not comment on the veracity of reports about nuclear weapons of various countries.

"Government does not comment on the veracity of specific reports about nuclear weapons of various countries," said Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed in the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question by BJP's R N Pany who had sought to know whether Pakistan has more nuclear bombs than India.

Confirming that the government has seen media/think-tank reports estimating the size of the neighbour's nuclear arsenal, Ahamed said, "Government continuously monitors all developments having a bearing on national security and takes all necessary steps to safeguard it".

To a separate question concerning a recent report by International Atomic Energy Agency about the nuclear programme of Iran, the Minister said there is a "mention of Pakistan in a footnote of the report".

He said the report once again hightlights the need for international focus on the role of the "so-called clandestine proliferation network".

PTI


First Published: Thursday, December 01, 2011, 18:39


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