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India is not building a secret nuclear city: DAE


New Delhi: The Indian nuclear establishment has denied that the country is building a secret nuclear city as claimed in an article in Foreign Policy magazine of the US.

It is just a coincidence that several top institutions are being set up close to each other on land allotted by the Karnataka government, according to sources in the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

According to an exhaustive report published on December 16 in the magazine, the work on the project in southern Karnataka began early in 2012.

The 14-page report said tribal pasture land was blocked off with a barbed wire fence at Challakere for “a project that experts say will be the subcontinent’s largest military-run complex of nuclear centrifuges, atomic research laboratories and weapons and aircraft-testing facilities when it’s completed, probably sometime in 2017”.

The project’s primary aim was to expand the government’s nuclear research, to produce fuel for India’s nuclear reactors and to help power the country’s fleet of new submarines, the report says.

But another, more controversial ambition, according to retired Indian government officials and independent experts in London and Washington, is to give India an extra stockpile of enriched uranium fuel that could be used in new hydrogen bombs, also known as thermonuclear weapons, substantially increasing the explosive force of those in its existing nuclear arsenal, the report adds.

It further says that New Delhi never made public details of its nuclear arsenal, which it first developed in 1974.

DAE sources, however, dismissed the report as speculative, saying, “there was nothing secret about it“.

IISc (Indian Institute of Science), which you know is one of the oldest and most venerable scientific research institutions, is setting up a campus there. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) are also setting up some of their facilities there, the sources said.

It is just a coincidence that these buildings are coming up close to each other,” the sources added. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy: Economic Times)


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We have nuclear weapons to ward off India’s war threat: Pakistan


Washington: Pakistan has made low-yield nuclear weapons to bridge the gap for war that India had created through its cold-start doctrine, Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry said on Tuesday.

This is the first concrete explanation from a senior Pakistani official on how Islamabad plans to deal with New Delhi’s so-called cold-start doctrine, now renamed the proactive strategy, Dawn reported.

It also is a rare confession of Pakistan’s decision to make tactical nuclear weapons to deal with the possible threat of an Indian aggression.

Briefing the Pakistani media on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Washington, Chaudhry said Pakistan would not sign any nuclear deal with the US during Sharif’s visit.

Sharif arrives in Washington on Wednesday for a meeting with US President Barack Obama, scheduled for October 22.

“Our nuclear programme is one dimensional: stopping Indian aggression before it happens. It is not for starting a war. It is for deterrence,” the foreign secretary said.

Explaining India’s cold-start doctrine, Chaudhry said under this strategy India had already moved its cantonments close to the Pakistani border. This allowed India also to move its conventional weapons close to Pakistan along with other vehicles and fuel supplies.

By drastically reducing the time required to launch an aggression against Pakistan, India had “created a space for war,” Chaudhry said.

He explained that Pakistan’s “low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons” would make it difficult for India to launch a war against Pakistan while remaining under the nuclear threshold.

In reply to a question about Pakistan joining the Nuclear Suppliers Group, the foreign secretary said the US policy of getting India included in this group was “discriminatory”.

“We encourage the US to have a non-discriminatory approach, a balanced approach,” he said.