New Delhi: India on Friday said the danger of nuclear terrorism has made early elimination of atomic weapons a matter of even greater urgency and hoped that “pragmatic and purposeful” frameworks would be worked out by the international community in this direction.
External affairs minister SM Krishna told the Lok Sabha that India had welcomed the recent initiative of US President Barack Obama to hold the Nuclear Security Summit to discuss safety of atomic material across the world as concerns in this regard were in consonance with India’s interests.
“The focus on combating nuclear terrorism is consistent with our concerns on terrorism and clandestine proliferation. Strengthening nuclear security is also consistent with India’s interest in the safe and secure expansion of civil nuclear energy,” he said in a statement in Lok Sabha on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit last week to the US for Nuclear Security Summit and Brazil for IBSA and BRIC Summits.
He laid the statement, as he could not read it out because of uproar created by opposition over IPL.
Krishna said the Prime Minister had underlined India’s concerns at the Nuclear Security Summit with regard to clandestine proliferation and the danger of nuclear material and technical know-how falling into the hands of non-state actors.
The Prime Minister asked the world community to work towards realization of the vision of nuclear weapon free world for which the Rajiv Gandhi Action Plan of 1988 remained the most comprehensive and elaborate proposal in this regard, he said.
“The danger of nuclear terrorism makes early elimination of nuclear weapons a matter of even greater urgency,” the minister said.
Referring to the Nuclear Security Summit initiative, he noted that the next meet would be held in South Korea in 2012 before which a preparatory meeting would be hosted by Argentina later this year.
“We hope that the Nuclear Security Summit process would help build pragmatic and purposeful frameworks for addressing nuclear danger,” he said.