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DATE=10/26/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=RICHARDSON/INDIA (L) NUMBER=2-255484 BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE DATELINE=NEW DELHI CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has wrapped up a one-day visit to India by calling for the new government to end production of nuclear fissile material. Correspondent Jim Teeple reports from New Delhi, Mr. Richardson also urged India to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which bans testing of nuclear weapons. Text: Energy Secretary Bill Richardson signed an energy cooperation agreement in New Delhi, but most of his public remarks focused on nuclear proliferation. Speaking to a gathering of energy executives, Mr. Richardson called for India to end production of fissile material, strengthen its export controls, restrain its missile program, and adhere to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. India's Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, says he will not sign the Test Ban Treaty unless there is a national consensus to do so. Speaking at the conclusion of his official talks, Mr. Richardson said the United States understands Mr. Vajpayee's position. // RICHARDSON ACTUALITY // They want to build a domestic consensus before they proceed in that direction with the C-T-B-T. That is India's right and I think it makes a lot of sense. You want to explain this issue to your people before you formally deal with it. I think that is a very sensible strategy; we are pleased with it. We want to see cooperation in this arena, it is increasing. // END ACTUALITY // A senior official of India's Foreign Ministry says there was no formal discussion of nuclear proliferation issues between Mr. Richardson and India's Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh. But those topics will be on the agenda when Mr. Singh meets Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott in several weeks. Just before he left New Delhi, Mr. Richardson met with Prime Minister Vajpayee to discuss a visit by President Clinton to India early next year. Mr. Richardson says a defense authorization bill that Mr. Clinton signed Monday automatically continues a waiver of economic sanctions against India. The sanctions were imposed last year after India and Pakistan tested nuclear weapons. (SIGNED) NEB/JLT/RAE 26-Oct-1999 10:31 AM EDT (26-Oct-1999 1431 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .