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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Shyam Saran’s no to define India’s credible minimum nuclear

[b]Shyam Saran’s no to define India’s credible minimum nuclear deterrent:[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Reporting for Asian Tribune from New Delhi

[b]New Delhi, 09April ([/b] India has no obligation to define its credible minimum nuclear deterrent for peace in the region, according to foreign secretary Shyam Saran.

Visiting US Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher made the demand on Friday. While addressing an international seminar here, Boucher said India should declare its credible minimum nuclear deterrent.

Shyam Saran said “India has always maintained that this is something only India will decide. On various occasions, we have pointed out this to the US. Boucher didn't raise this with me. We do have a strategic dialogue with the US, where we have agreed to exchange views on our respective nuclear doctrines; also issues like missile defence that is legitimate. But certainly, there is no responsibility on the part of India to declare what its minimum deterrent is”.

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