No first use nuclear policy may change in future: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: India’s stated nuclear weapon policy of ‘No First Use’ is unlikely to continue in future if circumstances change, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday in Pokhran, Rajasthan. “Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances,” stated Singh.

After visiting Pokhran on the death anniversary of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Singh recalled that it was in Pokhran where India conducted its nuclear tests under the leadership of the BJP stalwart.

He also asserted that India’s status of a responsible nuclear nation became a matter of national pride for every citizen, adding that the nation remains indebted to the former PM. “India attaining the status of a responsible nuclear nation became a matter of national pride for every citizen of this country. The nation will remain indebted to the greatness of Atal Ji,” tweeted Singh.