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US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has termed the Iran nuclear deal a failure and said an "unchecked" Tehran could become
North Korea rolled out intercontinental ballistic missiles and other military hardware at a massive parade today to celebr
The US Navy has said it had sent a carrier-led strike group to the Korean peninsula in a show of force against North Korea
India may abandon its 'no first use' nuclear policy and launch a preemptive strike against Pakistan if it feared that Isla
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Two decades of diplomacy aimed at curbing North Korea's nuclear ambitions have failed and a new approach is needed, the Un
US President Donald Trump has assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he will not allow Iran develop a nucl
Terming the nuclear deal with Iran as "the worst" agreement ever, US President Donald Trump has assured visiting Israeli P
An explosion at a nuclear power station in northern France today caused minor injuries but happened outside the plant's nu
India has "broken" UN limits on nuclear arms and long-range missiles and Pakistan should also be accorded the same "privil
V. Sudarshan in the New Indian Express:
...It has been made clear that the government will go after those who indulge in reporting on China in a manner that the government doesn’t want, an extraordinary thing to do considering that Vajpayee had cited China as the reason for the nuclear tests in 1998. And his defence minister George Fernandes had termed the country India’s “potential threat number 1”. Why is the UPA government developing a thin skin now on China? This irritability is the clearest indication why there is no progress in core issues with China even though our national security adviser keeps having numerous “good meetings” with his Chinese counterpart regularly in exotic places. It would be a good idea if they come clean on what really goes on at these meetings.
Read the full piece: Pied Piper of the PMO
Ramesh Thakur in the Times of India:
The critics of the 1998 tests have been vindicated. Nuclearisation has bought India neither strategic gains nor defence on the cheap. India still lacks effective deterrence against China, let alone parity with the US. Doubts have been sown in the public mind in India and in official policy circles in China and Pakistan about the reliability, robustness and resilience of India's nuclear power status. These cannot be removed without further tests that are unambiguously successful in delivering the projected yields.
Yet any such tests would provoke the wrath of the international community and wreck the hard-fought nuclear deal with the US. With US president Barack Obama recommitting to the vision of a world free of nuclear weapons and entering into fresh agreements with Russia for dramatic steps in denuclearising the world, India would be marching to a tune everyone else finds harshly discordant. And it would launch a fresh round in the endless cycle of arms races in the subcontinent, with blame falling largely, perhaps even solely, on this country.
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The National Security Adviser's job is such that it involves him being in the news almost on a daily basis.
On the missing Andhra CM's chopper, the NSA today said, "Naxal strike seems extremely improbable. I would almost entirely rule it out. I do not think the Naxalites have the capability to bring down the helicopter". We have no reason to doubt his information about the capabilities of the Naxalites. However, writing in the New Indian Express, V. Sudarshan quotes sources in the scientific community who were closely involved in the [Pokhran II] test to say that the NSA
"needs to brush up on what really happened in Pokhran and suggest that he stick to defending words like Balochistan which have appeared mysteriously in the Sharm-el-Sheikh joint statement and which will have an accelerated tendency to appear in future joint statements as well. In an aside they suggest that the NSA remove his foot from his mouth at least when he grants interviews to friendly media. In this interview he claims that nobody has really questioned the “authorised and proven measurements” of the yields done by Anil Kakodkar and S K Sikka, who along with Chidambaram form the government’s core think tank on nuclear matters. The NSA is wrong as usual on this claim too. Chidambaram’s former boss, P K Iyengar has long and consistently questioned the result of the alleged thermonuclear blast at Pokhran. If we have an NSA who didn’t know this much he is an even bigger ignoramus than is feared."
Also See: PK Iyengar on Time to Test Again
Post Script: September 3: For a quick recap of the CTBT debate and the controversies regarding Pokhran II, also see: Amitabh Mattoo & Rajive Nayan: The New Fizzle Debate - The nuclear question concerns everybody, not just scientists
Rauf Klasra writes in The News of Pakistan
As the nation celebrates the eleventh anniversary of Pakistan’s nuclear tests today (May 28), a shocking 30-year-old secret has been exposed. It reveals how a young woman college lecturer, feeling betrayed after a romance with a nuclear scientist of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP), had given a lead to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in 1978, which in turn had led to the dramatic arrest of 12 Pakistani scientists and engineers, planning to sabotage Pakistan’s nuclear sites at the behest of a superpower.
(HT: Prof CM Naim)