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An American commitment to not using nuclear weapons first unless attacked could not come at a worse time. US must avoid strategic experiments that have uncertain outcomes.
Saudi Arabia's acquisition of nuclear capability would draw Turkey and Egypt to join the regional nuclear race, which might turn conflict-torn West Asia even more volatile.
For avid nuclear analysts, the India-China watch has been rather boring, whereas nuclear noises emanate from Islamabad every time there's a skirmish with Pakistan.
The Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty was meant to prevent a world catastrophe. Fifty years on, it has done nothing to avert arsenal building.
In the 1964 test, the testing tower was called a ‘dressing table’ and the detonator a ‘braid’. Zhou Enlai was constantly on the hot line.
Modi’s muscle-flexing neutralises India’s efforts to project itself as a responsible nuclear power and lends ammunition to NSG dissenters.
The argument that India should adhere strictly to its doctrine of no-first-use and recessed deterrence does not hold water any longer.