India for global deal on `no-first-use` of atomic weapons

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.

PTI



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

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