ICAN has shaken the NPT system but India remains uncomfortable about arms control treaties that bypass the Conference on Disarmament.
At stake is the eventual legal status of weapons that are activated without direct human intervention.
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India said it is not convinced the proposed conference in 2017 can address the global community’s expectation for a comprehensive instrument on disarmament.
Before endorsing arms control declarations, New Delhi’s negotiating lines should be shaped by domestic conversations on the use and impact of new technologies in warfare.