Washington: India has generally shown responsible behaviour with nuclear technology while Pakistan’s history of nuclear weapons is entangled in tensions, a top US official has said. “The landscape of nuclear weapons have changed in the last 25 years,” US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said yesterday in his remarks on “Sustaining Nuclear Deterrence” at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
Carter said while the US has not done much to boost its nuclear arsenal, other countries have added to it both in terms of the number of weapons and delivery options. He also praised India for showing responsible behaviour with its nuclear technology. “China also conducts itself professionally in the nuclear arena, despite growing its arsenal in both quality and quantity,” Carter said. Expressing concern over nuclear technology in North Korea, he said, “It is essential that the US maintains its nuclear deterrence.”
“America’s nuclear deterrence is the bedrock of our security and the highest priority mission of the Department of Defence,” he said.
Observing the Russia has long been a nuclear power, Carter said the country’s recent saber-rattling and building of new nuclear weapons systems raises serious questions about its leader’s commitment to strategic stability and their regard for long-established abhorrence of using nuclear weapons.
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