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DATE=8/17/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=U-S / INDIA (L ONLY) NUMBER=2-252884 BYLINE=KYLE KING DATELINE=STATE DEPARTMENT CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: The United States says it will continue to push India to renounce nuclear weapons and is seeking clarifications of the nuclear weapons policy released by the Indian government. From the State Department, V-O-A's Kyle King reports. TEXT: U-S officials say they have not yet had an opportunity to review the draft nuclear policy doctrine released in New Delhi on Tuesday. According to the draft, India would only use its nuclear weapons in retaliation for a nuclear attack. The no-first use policy draft does not say how many nuclear weapons India will stockpile, or their size or strength. The draft says those issues will be decided in light of India's strategic needs. U-S officials say they were aware India was working on the document, and hope to discuss the issue during high level talks in the coming weeks. State Department spokesman James Rubin says the United States continues to oppose the proliferation of nuclear weapons in both India and Pakistan. // Rubin Act // And we have taken the position that nuclear weapons do not contribute to greater security in South Asia. We have been urging the signature on the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and we will continue efforts to de-nuclearize the sub- continent. And we will continue to make the case to both India and Pakistan that possession of nuclear weapons in this form or similar forms does not enhance their security. Clearly they are moving in the wrong direction by trying to create such a capability. // End Act // Late last week, President Clinton sent letters to the leaders of India and Pakistan urging restraint by the two nuclear rivals and warning of the dangers of a nuclear arms race in the region. Both India and Pakistan conducted nuclear tests in 1998, and earlier this year both countries tested mid- range ballistic missiles believed to be capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Recent tensions between the two nations have heightened concerns about the dangers of a nuclear arms race in the volatile region. (SIGNED) NEB/KBK/TVM/JO 17-Aug-1999 17:52 PM EDT (17-Aug-1999 2152 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .