New Delhi: Amid reports of Myanmar denying
having any nuclear programme, India on Thursday said that though it
has taken note of their stand, it keeps a close watch on such
"If a country like Myanmar with which India has bilateral
relations, asserts a denial (about its nuclear programmes),
then India will have to believe," External Affairs Minister S
M Krishna said in Rajya Sabha during Question Hour.
At the same time, he added, "The government is trying to
gather information about such peripheral activities. We
monitor such activities closely as we are concerned about
security of the country."
"Government has seen media reports indicating that Myanmar
has a nuclear programme. Government of Myanmar has rejected
media reports that it was engaged in making nuclear weapons as
unfounded and fallacious," he said.
While quoting Myanmar`s denial of any such development,
Krishna said, "Myanmar described media reports about its
nuclear programme as a groundless motive to assert pressure on
"We take cognisance of its views but we do keep note of
such (nuclear) activities," the minister said.