Friday, February 10, 2006

India/Pakistan:

‘US N-Deal Will Affect India’s Development Of Warheads’
09 February 2006

INDIA MONITOR (NEW DELHI) - Former Indian national security advisor (NSA) Brajesh Mishra has said that the US-India civilian nuclear deal will affect India’s development of nuclear warheads, and has asked the government to re-negotiate the deal to protect its strategic interests. Also, Mishra stated that he was not opposed to a deal with the US or the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). “We must have some kind of deal with the US and the NSG. It is to our advantage. The problem with this deal is that it will affect our strategic nuclear program; that is, the development of our nuclear warheads”. He continued by saying the US wanted specific Indian facilities put under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, which would lead to “curbing our capacity to maintain a credible minimum deterrent, which was envisaged in our nuclear doctrine adopted two years ago”.

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