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Indo-US relations will suffer if India tests nuke weapon: Report

India should not give into the pressure from some of its nuclear scientists to carry out an atomic test and if it does it would be a huge setback to its relations with the US and for the battle against terrorists, the New York Times said today.

world Updated: Oct 12, 2009 22:06 IST

India should not give into the pressure from some of its nuclear scientists to carry out an atomic test and if it does it would be a huge setback to its relations with the US and for the battle against terrorists, the New York Times said today.

In an editorial 'Just say No', the influential US paper said Indian nuclear scientists are trying to bully their government into testing a nuclear weapon.

"That would be a huge setback — for India's relations with Washington, for the battle against terrorists, and for global efforts to halt the spread of nuclear weapons... Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is resisting. He must continue to resist," the newspaper said.

The Editorial referred to claims made by DRDO scientist K Santhanam that the 1998 nuclear test was a 'fizzle' and said "one has to wonder why he waited 11 years to raise the alarm."

"We suspect that Santhanam and his colleagues are worried that if Washington finally ratifies the treaty (NPT), India may feel compelled to sign on," it said.

The United States should make clear that India has more to gain by focusing on economic growth and expanding global cooperation than on developing more nuclear weapons, the newspaper said.

"And it should leave no doubt about how much India and the rest of the world have to lose if New Delhi makes the wrong choice," it said.