India polls: Opposition rules out major change to nuclear policy
Published on Apr 14, 2014 2:31 PM
NEW DELHI (AFP) - The head of India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), tipped to win ongoing national elections, has ruled out any change in the country's "no-first-use" nuclear weapons policy.
The BJP sparked speculation about an end to the doctrine last week when its manifesto said that the party would "revise and update" India's policy.
"The no-first-use policy for nuclear weapons was a well thought out stand... We don't intend to reverse it," BJP President Rajnath Singh told the Hindustan Times newspaper in an interview published on Monday.
The policy was adopted after a series of nuclear tests in 1998 during the last BJP-led coalition government which led to international condemnation and an embargo being placed on the country by Western powers.
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