The Coalition of Nuclear Disarmament and Peace(CNDP) strongly condemns the nuclear weapons test by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The North Korean regime, which is highly authoritarian and militarist, has tried to consolidate itself internally through such aggressive moves. Carried out in defiance of the opinions of international citizens groups desirous of peace, this display of nuclear bravado will only embolden the nuclear hawks in other countries, including the United States, Japan and South Korea, thereby promoting the possibility of further nuclear weapons acquisition while adding fuel to regional and global militarization and arms racing.
Apart from introducing the dreadful nuclear weapons to South Asia, the Indian nuclear tests in 1998 also marked a decisive militarist turn under the ultra-nationalist BJP for the Indian state and polity which has become increasingly undemocratic, exclusivist and violent. Here is an article that Anil Chaudhary, one of the founding members of the CNDP wrote in September 1998 in a Hindi magazine called Namabar.