India has agreed to move ahead in the Conference on Disarmament towards a non-discriminatory, internationally and effectively verifiable Fissile Material Cut-off Treaty(FMCT). This was decided in the meeting between Krishna and Clinton.
FMCT agreement means -
1. An obligation not to produce fissile material for any nuclear devices.
2. An undertaking to accept verification and monitoring regime.
FMCT was primarily designed to place a check on the weapons programs of the so-called “threshold” states(at that time); Israel, India, and Pakistan.
FMCT is dangerous for India as it would restrict Indian efforts in attaining parity and deterrence against China as it would effectively put an end to production of more fissile material! In fact Pakistan is using FMCT to target India’s existing stockpiles. In a position that is entirely India-centric , Pakistan at the recent disarmament conference argued that recent nuclear deal has led to an imbalance in the region and that the FMCT should look at existing stockpiles.
I guess this is culmination of Obama plans to mount a diplomatic offensive to push India and other countries to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) & FMCT.