News



DATE=5/12/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232110
TITLE=U-S INDIA NUKE WRAP (L ONLY)
BYLINE=WILLIAM KAUFMANN
DATELINE=WASHINGTON
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS HAVE SHAKEN THE UNITED STATES WHICH
IS RECALLING ITS AMBASSADOR AND THREATENING ECONOMIC AND MILITARY
SANCTIONS.  AS V-O-A'S WILLIAM KAUFMANN REPORTS THE CLINTON 
ADMINISTRATION HAS ALSO BEEN CAUGHT IN THE FALLOUT AND IS FACING 
SOME HEAVY CRITICISM OF ITS OWN. 

INTO:  PRESIDENT CLINTON HAS CONDEMNED INDIA'S NUCLEAR BLASTS AS 
A THREAT TO REGIONAL STABILITY AND URGED PAKISTAN, CHINA AND 
OTHER NATIONS NOT TO RESPOND.  

                     // CLINTON ACTUALITY //

         I CALL ON INDIA TO ANNOUNCE IT WILL CONDUCT NO FURTHER 
         TESTS, AND SIGN THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST BAN TREATY NOW, 
         AND WITHOUT CONDITIONS. I ALSO URGE INDIA'S NEIGHBORS 
         NOT TO FOLLOW SUIT AND NOT TO FOLLOW DOWN THE PATH OF A 
         DANGEROUS ARMS RACE.

                          // END ACT //

MR. CLINTON ALSO SAID HE INTENDS TO FULLY IMPLEMENT THE LAWS THAT
APPLY IN SUCH CASES WHICH SHOULD LEAD TO ECONOMIC AND MILITARY 
SANCTIONS. 

THE PRESIDENT'S PLANS TO VISIT INDIA ARE ALSO BEING REASSESSED.  

CRITICS SAID THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION WAS CAUGHT NAPPING BY THE
TESTS AND HAS NOT DONE ENOUGH TO STOP THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR 
WEAPONS.

SENATOR RICHARD SHELBY SAYS HIS SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE 
WILL QUICKLY HOLD HEARINGS INTO THE FAILURE OF U-S INTELLIGENCE 
TO DETECT PREPERATIONS FOR THE TESTS THAT HAD BEEN SIGNALED BY 
INDIA'S NEW GOVERNMENT 

                       /// SHELBY ACT ///

         THE FAILURE OF OUR INTELLIGENCE-GATHERING CAPABILITY 
         DEALING WITH THE THREE DETONATIONS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN
         INDIA WAS A COLOSSAL FAILURE ON THE PART OF OUR 
         INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES.  MAKE  NO  MISTAKE ABOUT IT. THIS
         IS A HUGE ITEM.

                         /// END ACT ///

THE UNITED STATES SPENDS 27 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR ON 
INTELLIGENCE AND THE C-I-A DIRECTOR HAS APPOINTED A TEAM TO 
EXAMINE THE EPISODE AND DETERMINE "WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED".

A SENATE FOREIGN RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE WILL HOLD A PREVIOUSLY 
SCHEDULED HEARING ON INDIA WEDNESDAY AT WHICH THE CHAIRMAN SAYS 
SANCTIONS ARE SURE TO COME UP. (SIGNED). 

NEB/WJK/PT



12-May-98 7:26 PM EDT (2326 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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