News



DATE=5/17/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232353
TITLE=SUMMIT / NUCLEAR (S)
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=BIRMINGHAM
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  THE EIGHT-NATION BIRMINGHAM SUMMIT ENDED WITH ITS HOST, 
BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR REITERATING CONCERN FOR WHAT HE
TERMED -- THE GRAVE SITUATION RESULTING FROM INDIA'S NUCLEAR 
TESTS.  CORRESPONDENT DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS FROM BIRMINGHAM.

TEXT:  THE SUMMIT YIELDED A CONDEMNATION OF THE INDIAN TESTS BUT 
NOT A JOINT STRATEGY OF HOW TO CONFRONT PROLIFERATION IN SOUTH 
ASIA.  AT A CLOSING NEWS CONFERENCE, PRIME MINISTER BLAIR 
ACKNOWLEDGED A SENSE OF FRUSTRATION AMONG THE SUMMIT PARTNERS -- 
THIS AS CONCERN MOUNTED PAKISTAN WILL CONDUCT A TEST OF ITS OWN:

                     /// BLAIR ACTUALITY ///

         WE UNDERSTAND THE DOMESTIC PRESSURES THAT PAKISTAN IS 
         UNDER FOLLOWING THE INDIAN NUCLEAR TEST.  BUT OUR 
         CONCERN IS TO LIMIT THIS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.  BECAUSE 
         OTHERWISE, THE CONSEQUENCES WILL BE VERY SERIOUS INDEED,
         AND THIS IS A GRAVE SITUATION. 

                         /// END ACT ///

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT WAS BRIEFING SENIOR U-S 
OFFICIALS IN BIRMINGHAM AFTER ARRIVING FROM ISLAMABAD ON A 
MISSION TO URGE RESTRAINT BY PAKISTAN.  

IN A BRITISH INTERVIEW, PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID PAKISTAN WILL FACE
THE SAME U-S SANCTIONS IMPOSED ON INDIA IF IT CONDUCTED A TEST --
AND ALSO EXPRESSED CONCERN ABOUT SPIRALING TENSIONS IN THE REGION
THAT COULD DRAW IN THE BIG POWERS IN A WAY REMINISCENT OF THE 
COLD WAR.   (SIGNED)

NEB/DAG/RAE

17-May-98 7:47 AM EDT (1147 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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