India Tuesday said that nuclear terrorism and clandestine proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including attempts by “non-state actors”, pose a serious threat to global peace and any breach in nuclear security could undermine public confidence in atomic energy.
“We should together deny terrorists what they seek and eliminate the risks of sensitive materials and technologies falling into their hands,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said while addressing the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague.
“The focus on non-state actors should in no way diminish state accountability in combating terrorism, dismantling its support structures or its linkages with weapons of mass destruction,” he said. “All states must strictly abide by the international commitments that they have undertaken.”
India fully shares the continuing global concern on possible breaches of nuclear security, said Khurshid, who is heading the Indian delegation to the two-day summit.
“We have not wavered in our commitment to global efforts to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery,” he said.
Highlighting India’s commitment to nuclear energy as a safe source of meeting the country’s growing demand for power, he said the government envisages a major expansion of atomic energy in the coming decades from 5000 MW currently to 20,000 MW by 2020 and 60,000 MW by 2030.