India can conduct nuclear tests “in supreme national interests” if the international situation warrants it and no pact or treaty could come in the way, former President APJ Adbul Kalam said on Sunday.
Kalam also said the waiver granted by the Nuclear Suppliers Group in Vienna on Saturday “is a very important milestone” for India and “we should rejoice today....
“When the supreme national interest is there, no pact, no treaty, nothing can come in between. If international situation made the nation to do a test, it has to do a test,” Kalam told television channels when asked whether India can conduct nuclear tests after the operationalisation of the Indo-US nuclear deal.
He said the Indo-US nuclear deal does not mention nuclear tests. But “if conduct a test is of prime national importance, we will conduct a test... In the case of supreme national interest, we would conduct a test.
“This could lead to two things--either the pact will collapse or it could survive if we can prove we have conducted a test for supreme reasons,” Kalam said.
Asked if the Indo-US nuclear deal would affect India's military facilities and also India's capability to further test to make a nuclear weapon, he said "going by our strategic reasons, nobody can stop us.
Acknowledging that there is a pact now, Kalam said, “they can see the reasons. I.E the international situations that are forcing us to do the test. On the other hand, they may withdraw. But the national interest is always the highest priori