India for global deal on `no-first-use` of atomic weapons
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Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010, 23:27
London: India today advocated a new global, verifiable nuclear disarmament framework which includes "no-first-use" of atomic weapons and "non-use" against non-nuclear weapon states.

Speaking at the International Institute of Strategic Studies here, Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao pledged India's long-standing commitment to global, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament.

"We have identified some initiatives that I believe could be explored further as building blocks of a new global, verifiable nuclear disarmament framework. These include: a global agreement on 'no-first-use' of nuclear-weapons and non-use against non-nuclear weapon states," she said.

In addition, India's proposal includes measures to reduce nuclear danger through de-alerting, reducing salience of nuclear weapons in security doctrines and preventing unintentional or accidental use; a Nuclear Weapons Convention prohibiting development, production, stockpiling and use of nuclear weapons and on their destruction etc, she said while speaking at the 3rd MEA-IISS seminar on 'Perspectives on Foreign Policy for a 21st Century India'.

"We feel encouraged by some recent positive steps. President (Barack) Obama's administration has signalled US willingness to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in its nuclear strategy and to work towards a nuclear weapon free world. The renewed debate underway on this issue harmonises with our long held positions," Rao said.


First Published: Monday, February 22, 2010, 23:27

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