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India rejects U.S. suggestion

Sunday 9 April 2006

New Delhi: India on Saturday rejected the U.S. suggestion that it define its credible minimum nuclear deterrent, asserting that it has "no responsibility" to "declare" it.

In an interview to NDTV a day after U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher made the suggestion, Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said "what our credible minimum deterrent would be is really for India to decide."

India had, on various occasions pointed out this to the United States. "Certainly there is no responsibility on part of India to declare what its minimum deterrent is," Mr. Saran said.

Mr. Boucher on Friday had said India should "further define" its `minimum credible deterrent’ in the nuclear field, contending that it was "absolutely necessary" for decreasing tensions in Asia. Mr. Saran, who met Boucher on Friday, said the U.S. official had not raised this issue with him. - PTI

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