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DATE=5/14/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232201
TITLE=PAK NUCLEAR (S)
BYLINE=SARAH HORNER
DATELINE=ISLAMABAD
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  PAKISTAN HAS REITERATED ITS RIGHT TO PROTECT ITS OWN 
NATIONAL AND SECURITY INTERESTS IN THE WAKE OF A SERIES OF 
NUCLEAR TESTS BY NEIGHBORING INDIA.  AS SARAH HORNER REPORTS, THE
FOREIGN MINISTRY WAS COMMENTING, EVEN AS PRESIDENT CLINTON 
DISPATCHED A SPECIAL ENVOY TO PAKISTAN TO ENCOURAGE RESTRAINT. 

TEXT:  PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESMAN, TARIQ ALTAF, TOLD 
JOURNALISTS THE GOVERMENT'S DEFENSE CABINET MET FOR THREE HOURS 
THURSDAY. 

MR ALTAF SAYS THE CABINET DECIDED PAKISTAN IS TAKING ALL 
NECESSARY STEPS IN THE INTERESTS OF NATIONAL SECURITY AND RETAINS
ITS RIGHT TO SELF-DEFENSE IN THE FACE OF INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS.

AT A LIVELY NEWS CONFERENCE IN THE PAKISTANI CAPITAL, ISLAMABAD, 
MR. ALTAF WAS PRESSED BY REPORTERS TO GIVE A DATE FOR A NUCLEAR 
TEST BY PAKISTAN.  THE NEW YORK TIMES HAS PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE 
QUOTING AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE SOURCES WHO SAY PAKISTAN IS 
PREPARING FOR A TEST, WHICH MAY HAPPEN SUNDAY.

MR ALTAF DID  NOT  ANSWER, BUT QUERIED INSTEAD WHY U-S SATELLITES
DID  NOT  PICK UP INDIA'S PREPARATIONS FOR NUCLEAR TESTS ON MAY 
11TH AND 13TH.

                         // ALTAF ACT //

         I WONDER WHAT THE AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE WAS DOING BEFORE
         MAY 11TH?  MY OWN FEELING IS THAT THEY HAD SOME 
         KNOWLEDGE.

                          // END ACT //

MR ALTAF SAYS THE VISIT BY PRESIDENT CLINTON'S ENVOY -- STROBE 
TALBOTT -- WILL BE A GOOD OPPORTUNITY FOR PAKISTAN TO BRIEF THE 
UNITED STATES. (SIGNED) 

NEB/SLH/MMK

14-May-98 9:00 AM EDT (1300 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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