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Nuclear Iran less of a worry than nuclear India and Pakistan?

The evolution of South Asia’s nuclear powers, Journal Pioneer,  Henry Srebrnik  on January 26, 2014 While much of the world’s attention these days is focused on Iran’s nuclear program, it should not be forgotten that its eastern neighbours, Pakistan and India, South Asia’s two largest countries and long-time enemies, both are nuclear-armed states.

India is not a party to the 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and tested what it called a “peaceful nuclear explosive” in 1974. The test was the first after the creation of the NPT, and India’s secret development of nuclear weaponry, using civilian nuclear technology, caused great concern and anger from nations such as Canada, that had supplied its nuclear reactors for peaceful and power generating needs……..

India is also expanding its ability to produce highly enriched uranium for military purposes, including more powerful nuclear weapons, according to a U.S.-based think tank that cited satellite imagery taken last April of a gas centrifuge facility under construction at the Rare Materials Plant near Mysore in Karnataka.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) published a report in 2013 stating that this new facility “could significantly increase India’s ability to produce highly enriched uranium for military purposes, including more powerful nuclear weapons.”

Pakistan, too, is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and built its first nuclear power plant near Karachi with equipment and materials supplied mainly by western nations in the early 1970s. Pakistani Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto had promised in 1965 that if India built nuclear weapons then Pakistan would too, “even if we have to eat grass.”……http://www.journalpioneer.com/Opinion/Columnists/2014-01-26/article-3591613/The-evolution-of-South-Asia%26rsquo%3Bs-nuclear-powers/1

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January 27, 2014 - Posted by | India, Pakistan, weapons and war

1 Comment »

  1. Three lessons can be drawn from examining the Munich Conference of 1938 and the current Geneva Conference regarding Iran’s development of nuclear weapons. The first is that dictators, especially maniacal dictators, tend to be big bullies. The second is that the personality and understanding of the democratic leaders involved are critical. Winston Churchill would have behaved much differently and better than Neville Chamberlain, who was the British prime minister at the 1938 Munich Conference. The third, unfortunately, is that Secretary of State John Kerry is behaving much more like Neville Chamberlain than Winston Churchill.

    Comment by Ajax Lessome | January 28, 2014 | Reply


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