DATE=8/17/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=INDIA NUCLEAR L-ONLY NUMBER=2-252866 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: India says it will only use nuclear weapons in retaliation after a first strike. Correspondent Jim Teeple reports India announced (Tuesday) a draft doctrine spelling out nuclear policy. Text: The draft policy was released by India's National Security Advisory Board and can only be adopted after a new government is formed following national elections in September and October. According to the draft India will only use nuclear weapons in retaliation after a nuclear first strike. The draft states, India will not be the first to use nuclear weapons and will not use nuclear weapons against a state that does not have them or is not aligned with a nuclear-weapons power. The draft states India will only respond with punitive retaliation should deterrence fail. The draft says in this policy of retaliation-only, the survivability of India's arsenal is critical. According to the draft, nuclear weapons will be air, sea, and land-based and will be tightly controlled and released only at the authorization of the Prime Minister or a designated successor. While it spells out the conditions under which nuclear weapons could be used, the draft does not outline how many nuclear weapons India will stockpile, how they will be deployed, or their size and strength. The draft says those issues will be decided in light of India's strategic needs. The draft also does not say whether India will sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, as the United States and other nuclear powers have urged. On Monday, India's Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee says any decision on the treaty will have to wait until after the election and then the treaty will only be signed if there is a national consensus to do so. Both India and Pakistan conducted nuclear tests in 1998, and earlier this year both countries tested mid- range ballistic missiles believed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Tensions between the two South-Asian neighbors rose dramatically after 11-weeks of fighting on the Indian side of the Kashmir border. India blames Pakistan for sending paramilitary troops and Islamic guerrillas into its territory -- something Pakistan denies. Last week both countries were involved in air clashes, which raised tensions further. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/RAE 17-Aug-1999 11:22 AM LOC (17-Aug-1999 1522 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .