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India warns of WMD getting into hands of state patronized terrorists

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India has warned that state patronised terrorists can gain access to weapons of mass destruction. 

The threat of non-state actors gaining access to weapons of mass destruction is real and present and providing state patronage to international terrorists who can gainaccess to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) constitutes a real danger to international security.

State patronage to such non-state actors, whose acts do not differentiate between international boundaries puts the entire humanity at risk. This was stated by India’s Permanent representative at the UN Conference on Disarmament(CD)

Current global scenario:

  • Weapon technologies are being trafficked
  • Norms for use of chemical and biological weapons flouted
  • Proliferation of drones and robotic weapons have enhanced the risk

Double standards by Nuclear majors:

  • Lowering the threshold for use of nuclear weapons pose a threat to international security
  • The established nuclear powers have created a false narrative of double standards
  • While countries like India and China have a declared no first use policy for nuclear weapons
  • Countries like United States, Britain, France, Russia and Pakistan have keptopen their first strike option
  • Though in some of these countries nuclear weapon doctrines is undergoing a change
  • Fissile material production for nuclear weapons is expanding at a fast pace
  • Negotiations for a Fissile material cut-off treaty has not taken place though preliminary discussions are ongoing

Fissile material cut-off treaty:

  • A proposed international agreement
  • It prohibits the production of highly enriched uranium and plutonium which are two major components of a nuclear weapon
  • Discussions are held within the UN Conference on Disarmament(CD), which is a multilateral negotiating forum that comprises of 65 member nations
  • Decisions at the forum are taken by consensus
  • Nations that are signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty as non-weapon states are prohibited from acquiring or producing weapon grade fissile material
  • The treaty will impose new restrictions on the five recognized nuclear weapon states, which include United states, Russia, United Kingdom, France and China
  • Including current stockpiles instead of just imposing a cap on future production is a concern that some countries have raised. This to ensure that these countries are not disadvantaged compared to others who possess a superior stockpile of weapons

The Conference on Disarmament(CD) with its comprehensive agenda could help us overcome challenges by creating sovereign equalitythrough legally-binding instruments. This will help promote international peace and security.

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