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combat the Chinese "nuclear threat". The logic of his position is thus clear. It does not matter if verification and control procedures could be developed which provide absolute guarantees against nuclear cheating by Pakistan (and India), he would still be opposed to the establishment of an NWFZ (or other measures foreclosing the Indian nuclear option). So why go on about the inadequacy of verification procedures? It does not matter if Islamabad were suddenly to have the most democratic or the most trustworthy government in the world, with impeccable bona fides, he would still oppose the idea of an NWFZ, etc So why go on about the need to test Pakistan's nuclear bona fides or why propose other 'confidence- building measures' in this context when India cannot, indeed must not, renounce its nuclear option no matter how well Pakistan behaves?

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