News



DATE=5/18/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232405
TITLE=INDIA U-S (L-OVERNIGHT)
BYLINE=DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN
DATELINE=NEW DELHI
CONTENT=
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INTRO: INDIA DENIES THAT IT MISLED THE UNITED STATES OVER ITS 
PLANS TO RESUME NUCLEAR TESTING LAST WEEK. WE GET MORE ON THE 
STORY FROM VOA NEW DELHI CORRESPONDENT DOUGLAS BAKSHIAN. 

TEXT:  A STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN LAST WEEK WAS QUOTED AS 
SAYING THAT INDIA MISLED THE UNITED STATES CONCERNING ITS NUCLEAR
TESTS. HE SAID NEW DELHI INDICATED DURING A NUMBER OF HIGH-LEVEL 
CONTACTS THAT RESTRAINT WOULD CONTINUE.

INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY, IN A STATEMENT, SAYS IT COMPLETELY 
DISAGREES WITH THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE DISCUSSIONS BETWEEN 
THE TWO COUNTRIES. THE STATEMENT SAYS THAT IN THE MEETINGS 
REFERRED TO BY THE SPOKESMAN INDIA NEVER GAVE ANY ASSURANCES OR 
GUARANTEES. THE STATEMENT SAYS INDIA MADE IT CLEAR THAT  NO  
ASSURANCES CAN BE GIVEN. 

JASWANT SINGH, A SENIOR AIDE TO PRIME MINISTER ATAL BIHARI 
VAJPAYEE, GAVE A SIMILAR VIEW DURING A MEETING WITH FOREIGN 
CORRESPONDENTS IN NEW DELHI. 

                         //  SINGH ACT //

         INDIA AT  NO  STAGE HAS EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY 
         ATTEMPTED TO MISLEAD THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THE 
         SECURITY INTERESTS OF INDIA WERE REPEATEDLY, OVER THE 
         YEARS, AND EVEN IN THE MOST RECENT PAST, WERE STATED AND
         REPEATED TO OFFICIALS OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED 
         STATES OF AMERICA.

                          // END ACT //

MR. SINGH ALSO SAYS INDIA WAS FORCED TO BREAK AWAY FROM ITS 
24-YEAR MORATORIUM ON NUCLEAR TESTS BECAUSE OF A DETERIORATION IN
ITS SECURITY ENVIRONMENT. 

INDIA HAS FOUGHT WARS WITH ITS NEIGHBORS, CHINA AND PAKISTAN. 
CHINA IS A DECLARED NUCLEAR POWER AND PAKISTAN HAS A NUCLEAR 
CAPABILITY.  MR. SINGH EXPRESSED HOPES FOR BETTER RELATIONS WITH 
BOTH COUNTRIES. (SIGNED)

NEB/DB/LTD/KL

18-May-98 11:24 AM EDT (1524 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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