India's External Affairs Minister, Mr. Sardar Swaran Singh, told delegates at the United Nations General?
GV Interior Sardar Singh addressing UN Assembly (silent shots)
"Our underground peaceful nuclear explosive experiment of 18 May, 1974, must be seen in the context of our endeavour, at the national level, to develop our natural resources and capacities to the fullest extent for the benefit of our people. The international community has long recognised that nuclear explosive technology can be of great value in the development process. The non-aligned countries had also stressed this in their declaration at the Lusaka Conference in 1970. We have no intention of making nuclear weapons. I wish to reiterate once again in this forum our firm and consistent policy to use nuclear energy and technology solely for peaceful purposes. India feels that nuclear disarmament should receive the highest priority in our deliberations, for it provides the key not only to the prevention of wars of mass destruction, but also to the release of resources for tackling, what the Secretary-General has called, the other ancient enemies of mankind - poverty, disease and natural disasters. Progress towards disarmament is possible, only if nuclear weapon States abjure all nuclear weapons and accept equal obligations with the rest of the world community. We support the early convening of a World Disarmament Conference after adequate preparation and with the participation of all States."
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Background: India's External Affairs Minister, Mr. Sardar Swaran Singh, told delegates at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday (26 September) that his country looks upon nuclear energy as a means to help develop its resources to the fullest extent.
Mr. Singh reiterated his country's pledge not to develop weapons from nuclear energy, which it plans to use only for peaceful purposes.
India conducted its first major underground nuclear test on Many 18 this year
Mr. Singh said his country agreed that nuclear disarmament should receive the highest priority, and supported an early convening of a World Disarmament Conference.
Reports said Mr. Singh's statement appeared to have been made in response to fears expressed by the United States Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger, UN Secretary-General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, and others that nations with nuclear energy might be tempted to make nuclear arms.
Below is the text of Mr. Singh's comments on film: