India, on Wednesday said that it is a responsible nuclear weapon state which maintains the policy of credible minimum deterrence and follows a strict no-first-use (NFU) posture as well as a non-use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states.

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly, Indian Ambassador to the UN Conference on Disarmament, Pankaj Sharma said that India is also willing to convert its often-stated postures into multilateral legal arrangements. “India’s proposal for a step-by-step approach for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, contained in our Working Paper submitted to the Conference on Disarmament in 2007, calls on the CD to negotiate a Comprehensive Nuclear Weapons Convention,” Sharma said.

During the 76th session of UNGA, Ambassador Sharma also highlighted that the use of chemical weapons by any nation, under any circumstances cannot be justified and those violating such norms must be held accountable for the disasters that may arise from such acts.

“India maintains that the use of chemical weapons anywhere, by anybody and under any circumstances cannot be justified and the perpetrators of such acts must be held accountable,” Sharma said.

He also underlined that global and regional peace could be disturbed by a number of emerging threats such as the use of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism as well as cyber-attacks.

“Without prejudice to the priority that we attach to nuclear disarmament, we also support the immediate commencement of negotiations in the CD of a non-discriminatory, multilateral, internationally and effectively verifiable Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) on the basis of CD/1299 and the mandate contained therein,” Sharma further added.