US think tank ranks Indian Nuclear programme as unsafe


An independent US report has declared the Indian nuclear programme not only unsafe but also called for a satisfactory international oversight.

The recently released report by the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School identified problems arising from the gaps in the commitments that India made after the nuclear deal, and focused on India’s separation plan, its Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol.

The report observes that India is currently running three streams that include: civilian safeguarded, civilian un-safeguarded, and military.

The Separation Plan did not extend safeguards to a number of nuclear facilities that serve civilian functions, and consequently these facilities may also be used in India’s military programme.

The safeguards agreement also allows India to store, use, or process nuclear material subject to safeguards at a facility that is not under continuous safeguards. In addition, the agreement contains provisions for the substitution of unsafeguarded material for safeguarded material.

India negotiated with the IAEA a much more limited additional protocol: the reporting and access provisions of India’s additional protocol are effectively restricted to India’s export activities. Consequently, India’s safeguards agreement and its additional protocol do not have any practical application to its uranium and thorium mines, heavy water production facilities, nuclear fuel cycle-related research activities, or plants where it manufactures equipment for its nuclear facilities.



  1. Pakistan's lucky to have had no major incidents in our nuclear programme. Our neighbors in India have even had their nuclear scientists "mysteriously disappearing".

    The US ignores India's lapses because India has a big consumer market(unlike China, India imports rather than manufactures). Pakistan ought to raise these issues, since lapses in nuclear security can have catastrophic consequences. If nothing else, our Mil should atleast force Nawaz to appoint a Foreign Minister, to step up Pakistan's diplomatic efforts.

  2. Pakistan could certainly assist India in Nuclear Technology and it’s safeguards, Pakistanis have incident free safety experience of running KANUPP since 1960’s

  3. Pakistan is the only nuclear country with zero incident of mishap. All other nuclear states have more than one such incidents with US in the worst position of having maximum incidents of nuclear negligence. So, there is no comparison of any country with Pakistan in this regard.

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