News



DATE=5/13/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232128
TITLE=JAPAN/ INDIA TESTING (L-ONLY)
BYLINE=THOMAS CALDWELL
DATELINE=TOKYO
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  JAPAN HAS STEPPED UP ITS CONDEMNATION OF INDIA'S NUCLEAR 
TESTS.  THOMAS CALDWELL REPORTS FROM TOKYO, THE GOVERNMENT  OF 
PRIME MINISTER RYUTARO HASHIMOTO ANNOUNCED IT IS FREEZING 
ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE TO INDIA.

TEXT:  BOTH RULING AND OPPOSITION POLITICIANS CONTINUED TO 
EXPRESS OUTRAGE OVER INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTING.

THE UPPER HOUSE OF JAPAN'S PARLIAMENT ON WEDNESDAY, UNANIMOUSLY 
PASSED A RESOLUTION CONDEMNING INDIA'S ACTION.  ADDRESSING THE 
LAWMAKERS, PRIME MINISTER RYUTARO HASHIMOTO CALLED THE WEAPONS 
TESTS -- EXTREMELY DEPLORABLE.

LATER IN THE DAY, MR. HASHIMOTO ANNOUNCED A FREEZE OF ALL 
NON-HUMANITARIAN ECONOMIC ASSISTANCE TO INDIA, EXPECTED TO AMOUNT
TO 30-MILLION DOLLARS.  THE PRIME MINISTER ADDED HIS GOVERNMENT 
WILL STUDY INDIA'S REACTION TO THE GROWING CONDEMNATION OF THE 
TESTS AND THEN DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT FREEZE YEN LOANS AS WELL. 

SHORTLY AFTER THE PRIME MINISTER'S ANNOUNCEMENT, THERE WAS NEWS 
INDIA HAD DETONATED TWO ADDITIONAL NUCLEAR DEVISES.

EACH OF THE WEAPONS TESTED MONDAY  IS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN  MORE 
POWERFUL THAN THE WEAPONS DROPPED ON THE JAPANESE CITIES OF 
HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI AT THE CLOSE OF WORLD WAR TWO.

PRIME MINISTER HASHIMOTO, THE LEADER OF THE ONLY NATION IN 
HISTORY TO SUFFER A NUCLEAR ATTACK, IS EXPECTED TO PROPOSE JOINT 
ACTION AGAINST INDIA AT THE MEETING OF THE LEADING INDUSTRIALIZED
NATIONS LATER THIS WEEK IN BRITAIN.   (SIGNED)

NEB/TC/GC/FC/RAE

13-May-98 7:36 AM EDT (1136 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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