Tritium in NoKo test

Sources, citing Russian Petropovlovsk reads, say the Russians have detected traces of tritium at the Hamgyeong mountain test site. It confirms the very real fact of the so-called “third” NoKo test being an FBF device of Pakistani design refined and approved by Chinese nuclear weaponeers. There still seems to be a reluctance, especially in Western circles, to admit this aspect or the conclusion. They’d rather not contemplate a future where fusion weapons are wilfully proliferated by a China that cannot be controlled and is loath to restrain itself because it serves to enhance its position, as I have argued elsewhere, as being simultaneously the root-cause of the problem and part of the solution.

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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4 Responses to Tritium in NoKo test

  1. shalesh jain says:

    Sir, Pakistan today officially handed over Gwadar port to China…..What do you think should be India’s response? Why doesn’t India arm Vietnam ,Taiwan and do security pacts with Japan ?

    • RV says:

      First let the Indian coolies form a security pact among themselves, and then perhaps they can start exploring wider horizons.

    • For starters, India needs to firm up its relationship with Iran so an Indian naval flotilla can periodically deploy from Chahbahar port, some 72 kms to the west of Gwadar, thus outflanking any potential Chinese naval presence.

      • RV says:

        Mr. Karnad, I believe your suggestion of the periodic deployment of an IN flotilla is an excellent one, even if one discounts the necessity to “outflank” anybody. I would go a step further and state that in the long run, the IN needs a permanently deployed flotilla at Chabahar. This is especially true in light of the proposed North-South corridor which would link Chabahar to the CAS and eventually to Russia via Hajigak, as you have stated in an earlier article, thus removing Pakistan as the sole gateway for Indian commerce to the lucrative markets of the CAS. Indian commerce needs Indian protection!

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