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'Future Depends on Circumstances': Rajnath Singh on 'No First Use' Nuclear Policy

The Defence Minister made the comments on Twitter after a visit to Pokhran.

Jaipur/New Delhi: Defence minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India remained “firmly committed” to the doctrine of “no first use” for nuclear weapons but asserted that what happens in future depends on circumstances.

The defence minister said this on Twitter after visiting Pokhran where India carried out nuclear tests in 1998 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee was prime minister.

“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 said.

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He was in Pokhran to offer tributes to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his first death anniversary.

Earlier in the day, Singh attended the concluding ceremony of the fifth International Army Scouts Masters Competition in Jaisalmer.