India’s ‘no first use policy’ on nuclear weapons will depend on future circumstances: Rajnath Singh

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said that India follows ‘no first use’ policy regarding nuclear weapons but said what would happen in future will depend on “circumstances”.

“On the question of nuclear policy, till today, we have a policy of no-first-use. What happens in future, will depend on circumstances,” he told ANI after paying homage to late prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the site where the country conducted its second nuclear tests during the regime of the NDA government in 1998.

“In Pokhran, India emerged as a nuclear power. Despite all restraints, Atal ji gave permission for the nuclear test. India was listed among those countries which have nuclear power. I paid homage to Atal ji on his first death anniversary here,” Singh said.

The nuclear test was conducted in May, 1998 in Pokhran during the Vajpayee government. After India acquired the nuclear power, it adopted a nuclear a doctrine which declared a ‘no first use’ (NFU) policy which means the country will not to use its nuclear weapon as a means of warfare unless attacked by an adversary using nuclear weapons.