Read the following passage carefully to answer these questions. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

India’s nuclear ambition had been the bone of contention for a very long time. It was a ‘’settled’’ belief in our country that the US began to ‘’stress’’ the issue of signing the CTBT only in more recent round of talks when the two countries had come close to an ‘’agreement’’ on the other issues, including CTBT because it is part of its somewhat browbeating style of doing business. But a moment’s reflection would show that there could be another explanation. In the aftermath of Pokhran-II when tempers had cooled, the US was ‘’predisposed’’ to accept our Prime Minister’s repeated assertions that India intended to arm it with nuclear weapons only as a deterrent to a nuclear attack or blackmail.

Question 137

The real intention of the US in bringing the nuclear issue to the fore is most probably


Refer to 3rd line,Brow beating style of doing business means to use tactics for getting benefited.As the passage suggested,Us is keen on bringing forward the nuclear issue in order to get the CTBT signed.Hence,D

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