India’s ‘no first use’ nuclear policy not averse to review: Rajnath Singh

The Defence Minister’s remarks came amid a belligerent positioning by Pakistan in the wake of India scrapping Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paying tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Pokhran on Friday. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paying tribute to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Pokhran on Friday. (Photo courtesy: Twitter)
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said India has remained "firmly committed" to the doctrine of 'no first use' for nuclear weapons but what happens in future depends on the circumstances.

The Defence Minister said this on Twitter after visiting Pokhran where India carried out nuclear tests in 1998 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the prime minister.

"Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal ji's firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of 'No First Use'. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances," Singh said.

Singh's statement came amid a belligerent stance by Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir and ahead of a 'closed door' meeting at the UN on the issue of the abrogation of special status to the state.

He was in Pokhran to offer tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary.

"India attaining the status of a responsible nuclear nation became a matter of national pride for every citizen of this country. The nation will remain indebted to the greatness of Atal ji," he said in the tweet.

Earlier in the day, Singh attended the concluding ceremony of the fifth International Army Scouts Masters Competition in Jaisalmer.

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Published: 16 Aug 2019, 4:06 PM
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