India's defense minister says India is prepared to respond to nuclear aggression from rival Pakistan, in response to what he called "irresponsible" comments from Pakistan's president last month.
George Fernandes today (Tuesday) urged Pakistani leaders to back away from talk of warfare.
The comments come after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf last month warned India not to expect a "conventional war" if the two sides clash over the disputed Kashmir region. Mr. Musharraf later said he was referring to using guerrilla soldiers, not nuclear weapons.
But Mr. Fernandes said today (Tuesday) that if Pakistan drops a nuclear bomb, India is ready to retaliate with an all-out attack that would completely destroy Pakistan.
India has said it will not initiate a nuclear war. Pakistan -- which has fought three wars with India -- has not ruled out the first use of nuclear weapons.