South Asia and Beyond

Nuclear Arsenals Are Being Expanded, Modernised, Proliferation Is A Concern

NEW DELHI: On the anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, is the world a more dangerous place today, more at risk of nuclear conflagration? Evidence to that effect isn’t lacking, says Manpreet Sethi, who researches on nuclear issues at the Centre for Air Power Studies.

Speaking on The Gist, Dr Sethi points to the recently concluded NPT Review Conference where not even a chair’s summary could come out. Going back, nuclear arms control treaties such as New Start are in limbo after Russia suspended its participation in them. Earlier President Putin threatened to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.

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At the same time, nuclear weapons and arsenals are being modernised. China is expanding the number of nuclear warheads it can mount on delivery vehicles, while its protege Pakistan says it plans to develop and deploy tactical nuclear weapons such as mines, or nuclear shells that can be launched by conventional artillery.

Tune in for more in this conversation with Dr Manpreet Sethi.

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