India has denounced a call to give up its nuclear weapons and sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) while it “remains committed to universal, non-discriminatory and verifiable nuclear disarmament”.
“The question of India joining the NPT as NNWS (non-nuclear weapon states) does not arise,” India’s top disarmament diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill told the General Assembly committee on disarmament on Thursday.
“At the same time, we support upholding and strengthening global non-proliferation objectives.”
India’s Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, Gill was reacting to a call by a group calling itself the New Agenda Coalition that India – along with Israel and Pakistan – sign the NPT as NNWS, which would effectively mean giving up its nuclear arsenal. Read More…