Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says there is no question that New
Delhi will join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, adding that
nuclear weapons are an integral part of its national security.
Mr. Singh told an international conference on the peaceful use of
atomic energy in New Delhi Tuesday that India's nuclear energy industry
is poised for major expansion. He said this will sharply reduce its
dependence on foreign oil and help global efforts to combat climate
The Indian leader also criticized the existing global non-proliferation
program, saying it has failed to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.
His comments follow a U.N. Security Council resolution calling on all countries to sign the treaty.
The Indian leader said that if global non-proliferation is to be
successful, it should be universal, comprehensive and
non-discriminatory, and should be linked to the goal of complete
The New Delhi conference also focused on nuclear disarmament. The head of International Atomic Energy Agency (Mohamed ElBaradei) praised
plans by the United States and Russia to resume talks on reducing their
nuclear arsenals. He said this could contribute to efforts to rid the
world of suc