Committed to ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons for Now: India Defence Minister

Vastavam web: India has stuck to its commitment of ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons but future policy will depend on the situation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday, which analysts said introduced a level of ambiguity in a core national security doctrine. India declared itself a nuclear weapons power after conducting underground tests in 1998 and long-time rival Pakistan responded with its own tests shortly afterwards. Since then, nuclear experts say the rivals have been developing nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.

In a visit to Pokhran in western India, the site of the nuclear tests, Singh paid tribute to late former prime minister and revered leader of the ruling Hindu nationalists, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, for making India into a nuclear power. At the time of the tests, India said it needed a deterrent against nuclear-armed China but it has also long been concerned about Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities.