News



DATE=5/29/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232971
TITLE=INDIA / MILITARY / NUKE / REACT / S
BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE
DATELINE=NEW DELHI
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  MILITARY LEADERS IN INDIA SAY THEY DO NOT EXPECT THE 
NUCLEAR TESTS CONDUCTED BY PAKISTAN THURSDAY TO LEAD TO 
HOSTILITIES BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN, IN THE NEAR FUTURE.  
V-O-A'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS FROM NEW DELHI. 

TEXT:    INDIA'S ARMY CHIEF -- V-P MALIK -- SAYS THE NUCLEAR 
TESTS HAVE NOT LED TO AN INCREASE IN TENSIONS ALONG THE INDIAN 
PAKISTANI BORDER.  GENERAL MALIK TOLD REPORTERS IN NEW DELHI HE 
DOES NOT SEE A "WAR-LIKE" SITUATION BUILDING UP ALONG THE BORDER 
AND NOTES THERE HAS BE NO SIGNIFICANT TROOP MOBILIZATION BY 
EITHER SIDE.

THE GENERAL SAYS HE EXPECTED PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR TESTS TO TAKE 
PLACE AND HE WAS NOT ALARMED BY THEM.   

            //  MALIK ACTUALITY //

         NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE USED ONLY TO DETER 
         OTHERS FROM USING THEM. 

            //  END ACTUALITY //



GENERAL MALIK SAYS HE CAN SEE NO SITUATION IN WHICH INDIA WOULD 
EVER USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN A FIRST STRIKE.  HE SAYS INDIA IS 
WILLING TO SIGN A "NO FIRST USE" POLICY WITH PAKISTAN AND OTHER 
COUNTRIES IN THE REGION.  (SIGNED) 

NEB / JLT / WD / WD

29-May-98 2:49 AM EDT (0649 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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