India's Defence Minister Rajnath Singh leaves after a meeting at the house of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's house in New Delhi, India, August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/File Photo
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India has stuck to its commitment of 'no first use' of nuclear weapons but future policy will depend on the situation, the defense minister said Friday, which analysts said introduced a level of ambiguity in a core national security doctrine.In a visit to Pokhran in western India, the site of the nuclear tests, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to late former prime minister and revered leader of the ruling Hindu nationalists, Atal Behari Vajpayee, for making India into a nuclear power.Shekhar Gupta, a political commentator and defense expert, said the government appeared to have an open mind on the issue of 'no first use' of nuclear arms and the comments could be aimed at Pakistan, which has said previously it needed to develop small nuclear weapons to deter a sudden attack by India.
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