News



DATE=5/11/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232002
TITLE=INDIA NUCLEAR (S)
BYLINE=DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN
DATELINE=NEW DELHI
CONTENT=
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INTRO: INDIAN PRIME MINISTER, ATAL BIHARI VAJPAYEE SAYS INDIA 
CONDUCTED THREE UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TESTS MONDAY.  V-O-A NEW 
DELHI CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN HAS THE STORY.

TEXT:  MR. VAJPAYEE SAYS THE TESTS WERE CONDUCTED IN THE WESTERN 
STATE OF RAJASTHAN USING WHAT HE CALLED, A FISSION DEVICE, A 
LOW-YIELD DEVICE, AND A THERMO-NUCLEAR DEVICE.  HE SAYS THERE WAS
NO  RELEASE OF RADIOACTIVITY IN THE ATMOSPHERE.  

MR. VAJPAYEE'S HINDU NATIONALIST PARTY, THE B-J-P, HAS LONG SAID 
IT PLANNED TO INTRODUCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  AFTER COMING TO POWER 
THIS YEAR THE PARTY SAID IT WOULD KEEP THE NUCLEAR OPTION OPEN. 

INDIA CARRIED OUT ITS FIRST NUCLEAR EXPLOSION IN 1974.  NEW DELHI
HAS LONG SAID ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM IS FOR PEACEFUL PURPOSES, BUT 
IT HAS  NOT SIGNED TO THE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY.

DEFENSE ANALYSTS HAVE BEEN CONCERNED ABOUT NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION 
IN SOUTH ASIA.  PAKISTAN, WITH WHOM INDIA HAS FOUGHT THREE WARS, 
RECENTLY TESTED A NEW MISSILE.  PAKISTAN SAYS IT HAS THE 
COMPONENTS OF A NUCLEAR DEVICE BUT HAS MADE A POLICY DECISION  
NOT  TO ASSEMBLE ONE.  (SIGNED)

NEB/DB/LTD/MMK

11-May-98 9:22 AM EDT (1322 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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