Obama makes N-jibe at In­dia, Pak, says don’t go wrong way

US Prez lists global nu­clear arse­nal cuts, North Korea’s atomic pro­gramme as chal­lenges

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Agen­cies letters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

WASH­ING­TON: US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has flagged the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent as a chal­lenge in the con­text of global nu­clear se­cu­rity, say­ing In­dia and Pak­istan must en­sure their mil­i­tary doc­trines do not move in the “wrong di­rec­tion”.

Obama made the re­marks dur­ing a news con­fer­ence held af­ter the fourth and fi­nal Nu­clear Se­cu­rity Sum­mit hosted by him. He also listed the re­duc­tion of the nu­clear ar­se­nals of the US and Rus­sia, and North Korea’s atomic pro­gramme as other key chal­lenges.

“The other area where I think we need to see progress is Pak­istan and In­dia, that sub­con­ti­nent, mak­ing sure that as they de­velop mil­i­tary doc­trines, that they are not con­tin­u­ally mov­ing in the wrong di­rec­tion,” he told the news con­fer­ence at the end of the two-day sum­mit.

Al­though Obama did not spell out his con­cerns, his re­marks ap­peared to be a ref­er­ence to the grow­ing atomic ar­se­nals of In­dia and Pak­istan and the nu­clear doc­trines of the two coun­tries.

Pak­istan is be­lieved to have the world’s f astest grow­ing stock­pile of nu­clear weapons and US sec­re­tary of state John Kerry re­cently cited the ex­am­ple of the US and Rus­sia — which are work­ing to re­duce their ar­se­nals — as he nudged Islamabad to cut the num­ber of weapons and re­view its nu­clear pol­icy.

While In­dia adopted a “no first use” pol­icy soon af­ter its nu­clear blasts in 1998, Pak­istan has not put in place a sim­i­lar pol­icy. The world com­mu­nity has also ex­pressed con­cern about Pak­istan’s new pol­icy of de­vel­op­ing tac­ti­cal or bat­tle­field nu­clear weapons to counter any pos­si­ble mil­i­tary thrust by In­dian forces.


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