Chidambaram puzzled over report about Pokhran II failure



New Delhi, Aug 27: Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Thursday said that he was puzzled over a newspaper report stating that the country's second nuclear tests in Pokhran in 1998 had failed to get the desired yield.


He said that he had seen the report and was equally puzzled as others.

Chidambaram told reporters after a meeting of the cabinet committee on economic affairs in New Delhi that the government will find out about it.

He was reacting to questions about a report published on Thursday in a daily that quotes a senior scientist associated with the 1998 tests as admitting that the only thermonuclear device tested was a fizzle.

A test is described as a fizzle when it fails to meet the desired yield.

The newspaper quotes K Santhanam, who was a representative of the Defence Research and Development Organisation and a director for the 1998 test site preparations, who says the three tests were not such a big success as portrayed by the government.


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