Pitching for a nuclear weapons free world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday called for the establishment of a global ‘no first use norm’ by bringing all nuclear weapon states on a common platform.
Calling for “an agreed multilateral framework” involving nuclear states, Singh said the focus needs to be on “practical measures that reduce nuclear dangers by minimising the salience of nuclear weapons in security doctrines”.“If all states possessing nuclear weapons recognise that this is so and are prepared to declare it, we can quickly move to the establishment of global no first use norm… In many ways, this can open the ways to gradual reduction and finally elimination through a nuclear weapon convention,” the PM said in his inaugural address at the International Conference on ‘A Nuclear Weapon Free World: From Conception to Reality’, organised by the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.
The PM said such a convention would require “necessary verification”. “It would also require political measures to ensure the stability is maintained as nuclear arsenal approaches zero,” he said.
Singh also said there is no paradox in India’s stand on a nuclear free world, even though it possesses nuclear weapons that had to be acquired due to “the harsh security environment and events, both global and closer home”.
“But we remained convinced that a nuclear weapon free world would enhance our security. Consequently our nuclear doctrine lays emphasis on credible minimum deterrent and in no first use policy. Most importantly, the doctrine reiterates India’s continued commitment to the goal of a nuclear weapon free world,” he said.
Singh said India maintains its objective of promoting safe and secure expansion of civil nuclear energy. “We are targeting an expansion of our nuclear energy generation capacity to more than 62,000 mega watts by 2032,” the PM said.