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DATE=5/14/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232204
TITLE=INDIAN NUKES (L-ONLY)
BYLINE=LISA SCHLEIN
DATELINE=GENEVA
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  IN A SHARP WARNING TO INDIA, PAKISTAN TOLD THE OPENING 
SESSION (THURSDAY) OF THE U-N CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT IT WILL 
TAKE WHATEVER ACTION IS NECESSARY TO PROTECT ITS PEOPLE FROM WHAT
IT CALLED THE GROWING MENACE OF INDIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  
PAKISTAN'S REPRESENTATIVE WAS THE FIRST OF MORE THAN 30 COUNTRIES
TO CONDEMN INDIA'S UNDERGROUND NUCLEAR TESTS.  MORE FROM LISA 
SCHLEIN. 

TEXT:  PAKISTAN REJECTED INTERNATIONAL CALLS FOR RESTRAINT IN 
RESPONDING TO INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS.  AMBASSADOR MUNIR AKRAM, 
TOLD THE U-N CONFERENCE ON DISARMAMENT HIS COUNTRY WOULD DECIDE 
ALONE WHAT MEASURES TO TAKE TO GUARANTEE ITS SECURITY.  HE SAID 
INDIA'S ACTIONS POSE AN IMMEDIATE AND GRAVE THREAT TO PAKISTAN'S 
SECURITY AND WILL  NOT  GO UNANSWERED. 

                        /// AKRAM ACT ///

         WE WILL  NOT  ACCEPT UNILATERAL OBLIGATIONS OR 
         COMMITMENTS.  WE WILL  NOT  ACCEPT COMMITMENTS WHICH 
         WOULD PERMANENTLY JEOPARDIZE THE ABILITY OF PAKISTAN TO 
         DETER THE NUCLEAR AND CONVENTIONAL THREATS WHICH INDIA 
         POSES TO OUR SECURITY ... WE WILL  NOT  ALLOW OURSELVES 
         TO BE SUBJECTED TO ANY CONSPIRACY TO COMPROMISE 
         PAKISTAN'S SECURITY.

                         /// END ACT ///

THE PAKISTANI AMBASSADOR CRITICIZED OTHER COUNTRIES FOR HAVING 
IGNORED WARNINGS THAT INDIA WAS ABOUT TO CONDUCT NUCLEAR TESTS.  
HE ALSO DENOUNCED SEVERAL INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES -- INCLUDING 
CANADA, THE UNITED STATES, RUSSIA, FRANCE AND SWITZERLAND -- FOR 
WHAT HE CALLED ACTIVELY ASSISTING INDIA IN DEVELOPING ITS NUCLEAR
AND MISSILE PROGRAMS.

MR. AKRAM SAID THIS WEEK'S SERIES OF INDIAN NUCLEAR WEAPON TESTS 
HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY ALTERED THE STRATEGIC AND SECURITY SITUATION 
IN THE REGION.  HIS FEARS AND CONDEMNATION OF INDIA'S ACTIONS 
WERE ECHOED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM MORE THAN 30 OTHER COUNTRIES.

//OPT//  ONE BY ONE, COUNTRIES WHICH INCLUDED THE UNITED STATES, 
JAPAN, CHINA, RUSSIA AND GERMANY EXPRESSED SHOCK OVER INDIA'S 
OPEN DEFIANCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. ///END OPT/// 

BUT, INDIA'S AMBASSADOR SAVITRI KUNADI REMAINED UNREPENTANT. 

                        ///KUNADI ACT///

         IN UNDERTAKING THESE TESTS, INDIA HAS  NOT  VIOLATED ANY
         INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS OR UNDERTAKING.  THE DECISION 
         TO UNDERTAKE THESE TESTS WAS TAKEN AFTER DUE 
         CONSIDERATION OF OUR NATIONAL SECURITY REQUIREMENTS.

                          ///END ACT///

AMBASSADOR KUNADI SAID INDIA REMAINS FULLY COMMITTED TO THE 
COMPLETE ELIMINATION OF ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND WOULD PARTICIPATE
IN WHAT SHE CALLED EFFECTIVE, UNIVERSAL NEGOTIATIONS TO ACHIEVE A
NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT AGREEMENT. (SIGNED) 

NEB/LS/PCF

14-May-98 9:25 AM EDT (1325 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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