Dr Singh said the government will not yield to any pressure when it comes to its nuclear policy.
"There is no question of bending. We have clear objectives. We will maintain a critical minimum deterrent and there is no question about that."
The Prime Minister also made it clear that there is no deadline on India-US nuclear deal. "Our relation with the US is not limited to a civil nuke deal. We want to have a diverse relationship with the US."
He said the government was very keen to have international cooperation to 'promote trade in nuclear materials so that nuclear security gets an added cutting edge'.
He referred to the ongoing negotiations with the Nuclear Suppliers Group, but did not give any details on the talks.
He, however, made an assurance that the country would be 'fully involved through Parliament' on the matter.
"There will be complete transparency. I will take the first opportunity to make a statement in Parliament on India's negotiations with the United States on the issue," he said.
He also said India and the US will review various bilateral initiatives, including the agreement on civilian nuclear cooperation, during President George W Bush's forthcoming visit in March.
"It will be a time for us to review the status of our relations with the US. Some initiatives were taken with regard to cooperation in civilian nuclear power, science and techonolgy, agriculture and between business communities of the two countries. It will a time for us to review where we stand," Singh said.
That's a good sign for starters. We sure will be following this issue. Previous post here.