North Korea’s Nuclear Test: Why India Should be Worried

The Deccan Herald, February 5, 2016

Arun Vishwanathan and S. Chandrashekar, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru

DHNorth Korea is great at making news. Given that it is the only country to test nuclear weapons in this century, it does not have to try too hard. Just as the world was getting over the euphoria of ringing in the New Year, North Korea conducted its fourth nuclear test on January 6, 2016. It is crucial that the international community moves beyond its usual round of statements criticising the North Korea nuclear test and takes hard measures, beginning with strong economic sanctions, which could make Pyongyang come to the negotiating table. New Delhi needs to monitor the development closely for links between North Korea and Pakistan given that the relationship could adversely affect India’s security.

The authors are faculty members in ISSSP, NIAS, Bengaluru

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