No CTBT, India Needs More Nuclear Tests: Pokhran II Coordinator
The Times of India
Editor's Note: Senior scientist K Santhanam, who was director of test site preparations for the 1998 Pokhran II nuclear tests, conceded in this interview with The Times of India that India's 1998 test of a thermonuclear device was unsuccessful. This assertion has set off a controversial debate within India's defense and scientific communities. While the seismic data most likely agrees with Santhanam's conclusion, he is using the fact to argue that India needs to resume nuclear testing, rather than signing the CTBT.
A former top official who coordinated India's nuclear weapons programme has cautioned that India should not be "railroaded" into signing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) as the 1998 Pokhran tests were not sufficient from the security point of view.