Will Nuclear Policy Change?

Will Nuclear Policy Change? August 19, 2019

The tension between India and Pakistan continues. India has stuck to its commitment of ‘no first use’ of nuclear weapons but future policy will depend on the situation, the defence minister said on Friday, which analysts said introduced a level of ambiguity in a core national security doctrine.


India had declared itself a nuclear power after conducting underground tests in 1998 and Pakistan responded with own tests shortly afterwards. Since then, nuclear experts say the rivals have been developing nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.


At the time of the tests, India said it needed a deterrent against nuclear-armed China but it has also long been concerned about Pakistan’s nuclear capabilities. Tensions between the two countries have increased following India’s move to revoke autonomy in the disputed region of Kashmir. In February, Indian and Pakistani fighter jets clashed over the territory.

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