India doesn’t need nuke tests again; got desired results from 1998 trials: Former AEC chief

India doesn’t need nuke tests again; got desired results from 1998 trials: Former AEC chief

India does not need to conduct more nuclear trials as it  achieved the desired results from the 1998 tests at Pokhran, former Atomic Energy Commission chairman R Chidambaram said Wednesday.

Strongly backing India's Non First Use (NFU) policy, he saidif all countries adhere to this policy, then it is as good as globaldisarmament.

"More tests will not be required. We have tested everyaspect and achieved what we wanted," he said.

Chidambaram, who was chief of the Atomic Energy Commissionduring the 1998 nuclear tests, was responding to a question after deliveringthe 'Jasjit Singh Memorial Lecture' on national security organised by Centrefor Air Power Studies.

India conducted two nuclear tests — one in 1974 and anotherin 1998. Following the tests, it attracted international sanctions.

Nuclear and space were two critical sectors that wereaffected by it. After the 1998 tests, India also imposed a self-moratorium onconducting nuclear tests.

Chidambram said the Indian nuclear programme is"anti-fragile" as it remained unaffected by the sanctions imposed bythe West. "We became stronger," he said.

He asserted that India needs international cooperation. Inthis context, he said the Indo-US nuclear cooperation agreement was crucial asit helped India to relax the Nuclear Suppliers Group guidelines and importuranium.

Post the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008, India receiveduranium from France, Russia, Kazakhstan and Canada to fuel its power reactors. Chidambram said national development and nationalsecurity are two sides of the same coin. "Development without security isvulnerable," he said.

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