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Title:  "US 'Regrets' Underground Nuclear Test by France." The US has expressed its regrets at France's decision to conduct its underground nuclear test in the South Pacific. (950906)

Date:  19950906

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09/06/95 U.S. 'REGRETS' UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TEST BY FRANCE (Text: Statement by White House press secretary) (220) Washington -- The United States expressed "regrets" at the underground nuclear test conducted by France.

The White House press secretary released a statement September 5 saying, "We continue to urge all of the nuclear powers, including France, to refrain from further nuclear tests and to join in a global moratorium as we work to complete and sign a CTBT in 1996."

Following is the text of the statement: (Begin text) Today, France conducted an underground nuclear test at the Mururoa test site in the South Pacific. The United States regrets this action.

All of the nuclear weapon states agreed at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review and Extension Conference in New York in May 1995 to exercise "utmost restraint" in nuclear testing pending the entry into force of a Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). We continue to urge all of the nuclear powers, including France, to refrain from further nuclear tests and to join in a global moratorium as we work to complete and sign a CTBT in 1996. In this regard, we take note of President Chirac's strong commitment to sign a CTBT banning all nuclear tests regardless of level no later than the fall of 1996.

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