India committed to nuclear disarmament: Pranab

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New Delhi, June 10: External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has said that India is committed to non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament. Addressing an international conference on 'Towards a World Free of Nucleareapons' here on Monday, Mukherjee also cautioned against the threat of non-state actors acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

"Unlike 1988, India today is a nuclear weapon state. However, this does not diminish in any manner our commitment to nuclear disarmament. We are ready to support multilateral negotiations leading to an early conclusion of a nuclear weapons convention prohibiting the development, production, testing, deployment, stockpiling, threat or use of nuclear weapons and providing for their elimination," he said.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh advocated the need for a collective approach in anchoring an international partnership to ensure universal nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in a time-bound manner.

India has recently submitted a working paper on nuclear disarmament to theN General Assembly, containing initiatives on nuclear disarmament.

These proposals have also been submitted before the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. They are a set of proposals for achieving the goal of a nuclear weapons free world.


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