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'India Should Sign The CTBT, Not For The US, But For Itself'

There was nothing cool about the US reaction to the nuclear heat India generated last summer. Subsequently, several rounds of talks led to an easing of stance and partial lifting of sanctions. Yet US Ambassador to India Richard F. Celeste is cautious

'India Should Sign The CTBT, Not For The US, But For Itself'
'India Should Sign The CTBT, Not For The US, But For Itself'
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Has the US or any other nuclear state ever declared its exact nuclear capability? If not, why should India?
Yes, we actually publish documents that lay out in broad terms what our nuclear strategy is, what broad dimension we expect to have in terms of strategic weapons and delivery systems. This is done on a three or four-year basis as part of a presentation to Congress and the description of our national defence review.

But there are no specifics?
No, there are numbers. (But) I don't think they count every warhead or describe it in great detail. I think we've learned over time that the more transparent you can be, the more it reduces the pressure and potential adversaries that keep pursuing ever-new systems, ever-new weapons. Today, of course, we're spending more time destroying weapons than building new ones.

India says unofficially that there's no question of declaring our minimal N-deterrence. Is that an obstacle?
I don't want to anticipate obstacles in our relationship...we have a constructive dialogue going. It has to take into...

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