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Our n-policy transparent: PM

MUMBAI Oct. 31. The Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee today urged the "high priests of non-proliferation" across the world to tackle the "clandestine and illegal development and transfer of nuclear and missile technologies" rather than "targeting" nations which "played by the rules".

Speaking at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre here, he said the world needed to look at India as a country where atomic energy was an "engine of growth and progress" and that it needed to be "persuaded" to look at this country "not through the prism of nuclear weapons".

Mr. Vajpayee said the country notched up success after success with its own expertise despite denial of technologies ever since the 1974 nuclear tests.

Inviting foreign partners to join in developing India's nuclear energy programme — generating 20,000 mw by 2020 — he urged the world "to dispel any misconceptions about our nuclear weapons programme. We have been transparent about it".

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