Experts Search for Details After Indian Nuclear Tests

Science  22 May 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5367, pp. 1189
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5367.1189

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NEW DELHI AND WASHINGTON, D.C.-- By exploding five nuclear weapons in a remote desert near the Pakistani border, India has underlined its ability to detonate multiple nuclear devices on short notice. But a week after the underground tests, scientists are still poring over incomplete and contradictory data that raise questions about the tests themselves and the state of India's weapons program. And although most Indian scientists say they are pleased that their country has joined the nuclear elite, at least one prominent weapons engineer worries that the program will rob civilian activities of scarce resources.