Kalam says India can conduct nuke test if situation warrants

September 7th, 2008 - 11:14 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi , Sept 7 (ANI): Former President A. P. J. Adbul Kalam on Sunday said India can conduct nuclear tests in the supreme national interests, if the international situation warrants it.

He said this in a television interview, that no pact or treaty can come in the way. Terming the waiver granted by the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in Vienna as a very important milestone for India , he said we should rejoice for this.

Kalam said the Indo-US nuclear deal does not mention nuclear tests. But if conducting a test is of prime national importance, we will conduct a test.

This could lead to two things, either the pact will collapse or it could survive if we can prove we have conducted a test for supreme reasons, he added.

Answering a question about the Government’’s reiteration of the moratorium on further nuclear tests, Kalam said this means we have built certain type of nuclear weapons. With that confidence, one can say that we will not do any more test. (ANI)

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