India warns against ‘nuclear terrorism’

Without naming Pakistan, New Delhi said all countries must assume responsibility and should scrupulously abide by their respective international obligations

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published:December 6, 2016 5:22 am
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India on Monday said it will evolve technology against nuclear terrorism, not only for “physical protection” but also against cyber attacks. Without naming Pakistan, New Delhi said all countries must assume responsibility and should scrupulously abide by their respective international obligations.

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Addressing the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Security in Vienna, Minister of State (External Affairs) M J Akbar said, “We, in India, will continue to evolve technology against nuclear terrorism not only in terms of physical protection measures, but also to guard against cyber intrusion and sabotage. We will also continue to maintain and enhance export controls, in particular intangible controls, to complement nuclear security measures. We invite the Agency to take the lead in promoting work on the technology dimension of nuclear security.”

He said recent developments showed that terrorist use of WMD materials is not a theoretical concern. “A breach of nuclear security could lead to unimaginable consequences. Our meeting is therefore critical, urgent and essential. It underlines the Agency’s central role in strengthening the global nuclear security framework, in facilitating national efforts on nuclear security, in fostering effective international cooperation, in setting future priorities and in forging technical and policy guidance. This meeting must carry forward the legacy of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process,” he said, alluding to the NSS process started by US President Barack Obama.

Reiterating India’s commitment to global nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy, he said, “Few phrases in the language can wholly convey the magnitude of the potential danger of terrorists finding their way, while acting on their own or with the help of revanchist elements, to nuclear instruments. The sane world wants to prevent malignant actors from getting access to nuclear and radiological material.”

He said India has always held that nuclear security is the domain of national sovereignty but this national prerogative demands national responsibility. “All states must assume this responsibility and should scrupulously abide by their respective international obligations. Responsible national actions and effective international cooperation should be pursued together to prevent non-state actors and other malignant forces from threatening the lives of innocents on a mass scale,” he said.

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    Arvind Baba
    Dec 6, 2016 at 1:27 pm
    Yes it is possible when Indian standards regarding Nuclear safety and security are very low. Recently Intelligence Bureau and Rajasthan Police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) join hands to bust a mineral smuggling racket that involved exports of beryl — an atomic mineral ore of Beryllium — to Terrorists
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      Rabia Javed
      Dec 8, 2016 at 11:14 am
      Whereas India by itself needs to do more about it.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This is not the first time that India is facing safety issues regarding its nuclear program. In historical context one can generate a list of leaks, fires and structural damages that have been faced by India’s civilian nuclear power sector. There are abundant examples of oil leaks, hydrogen leaks, fires and high bearing vibrations which often shut down numbers of nuclear reactors in India.
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        Dr.Palchoudury
        Dec 6, 2016 at 6:53 am
        This can occur. Tiny stan has no Uranium ore and has been supplied two nuclear bombs based on U-235 by the Chinese rogues. China is Jewish backed. The stupid Chinese could see their country hit by nuclear devices by Muslim extremists from stan who want to help their Muslim brethren in Kashgar. The later are being liquidated by the Chinese.
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          Naveedahmed
          Dec 6, 2016 at 2:49 pm
          IAEA Chief praises stan for its remarkable nuclear safety and security practices. However, India, instead of learning a lesson from stan, raises baseless concerns over nuclear threat. I think, India should be careful about Shive Sina terrorists who are real threat for India.
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            Indian
            Dec 6, 2016 at 5:07 am
            Taliban and other terrorist organization ,may use small nuclear bomb against India and Afghanistan , ever against Iran.
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              Anjali
              Dec 6, 2016 at 8:04 am
              cheyna kirrwa should be hit by all neighboring countries.
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                rakesh
                Dec 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm
                He has not taken name of Pak. btw what was A q khan looby doing with libiya and north korea.... how many uraniam ore u have ..to produce fessile material.. If pak scientist are so good ..why flop in space and all other area ...so u wanna say good in nuclear physics only with no insute in top 1000. ..
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                  Som Karamchetty
                  Dec 6, 2016 at 5:41 am
                  India should prepare its potions to be ready to react positively to nuclear incidents rather than running helter skelter in panic. Its security and police forces and homeland volunteers should move into positions and take active cleanup processes. Various essential service personnel should man their positions and ensure that the essential services are not disrupted.lt;br/gt;Each country should emplace tags on nuclear materials and devices so that when they fall into the hands of terrorists, they can be tracked easily. It is best to develop and place electronic communication tags so that the devices would reveal their position when tracked.
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                    Curious onlooker
                    Dec 6, 2016 at 2:55 am
                    All phralogy and terminology taken into account, it was a pathetic plea by India for help in case of nuclear attack by stan.
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