India Boasts of High-Yield Nuclear ‘Strategic Deterrent’

September 28, 2009

(ChattahBox)— In the wake of Iran’s missile testing on Sunday, the Indian government made an announcement extolling its nuclear capabilities, of high-yield atomic weapons. India’s announcement not only put Iran on notice, but also neighboring Pakistan, which has a nuclear arsenal of its own.

India’s announcement claims the country has constructed atomic weapons with highly destructive yields of up to 200 kilotons. The government said its nuclear weapons provided the country with a “proper strategic deterrent.” India is believed to have manufactured weapons-grade plutonium for about 100 atomic warheads.

India’s announcement certainly raises the stakes in the region, with Iran’s recent acknowledgment that it built a secret additional uranium enrichment plant, in violation of UN obligations. On Sunday, in a show of defiance, Tehran commenced with a much publicized war games display, testing its short-range missiles.

India began developing its nuclear weapons in 1974 and engaged in nuclear tests in 1998, which some scientists say were not as successful as India has claimed. The questions raised about the true yield of the 1998 tests, have fueled speculation that India may soon embark on another round of nuclear tests, which would set off further tension in the region and violate agreements made with the U.S.

President Obama urged other nations to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, during his recent speech at the UN General Assembly. However, India has refused to sign the Treaty.

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One Response to “India Boasts of High-Yield Nuclear ‘Strategic Deterrent’”

  1. Kayla on September 28th, 2009 4:50 pm

    Sheesh. Add India to this list of crazies? Where did this Libyan leader come from and why is he so nuts? http://www.newsy.com/videos/voice_or_noise_at_un_general_assembly

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