‘No First Use’ nuclear policy may change based on circumstances, says Rajnath Singh

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India strictly adhered to ‘No First Use’ policy for nuclear weapons for now but it may change in the future.

Speaking at an event in Pokhran, Rajnath said, “At present, our nuclear policy is ‘No First Use’ but what happens in future depends on the circumstances.”

Rajnath in a tweet said, “Pokhran is the area which witnessed Atal Ji’s firm resolve to make India a nuclear power and yet remain firmly committed to the doctrine of ‘No First Use’. India has strictly adhered to this doctrine. What happens in future depends on the circumstances.”

Singh was at Pokhran where he paid homage to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the latter’s first death anniversary. 

“Visited Pokhran today and paid homage to the former Prime Minister of India and one of the stalwarts of Independent India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji on his first death anniversary,” Rajnath said.

“India attaining the status of a responsible nuclear nation became a matter of national pride for every citizen of this country. The nation will remain indebted to the greatness of Atal Ji,” Rajnath added.