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DATE=5/16/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232345
TITLE=CLINTON / PAKISTAN (S-ONLY)
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=BIRMINGHAM
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT HAS FLOWN TO 
ENGLAND TO BRIEF PRESIDENT CLINTON ON HIS EFFORTS IN ISLAMABAD TO
PERSUADE PAKISTAN  NOT  TO RESPOND IN KIND TO INDIA'S NUCLEAR 
TESTS.  V-O-A'S DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS FROM BIRMINGHAM, SITE OF 
THE EIGHT-NATION ECONOMIC SUMMIT.

TEXT:  MR. TALBOTT BRIEFS PRESIDENT CLINTON SUNDAY MORNING ON HIS
MISSION TO ISLAMABAD -- WHICH WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS CONCEDE DID  
NOT  NOT SECURE A PAKISTANI PLEDGE  NOT  TO TEST.

THE ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS SAY PAKISTANI RESTRAINT WOULD MAKE 
IT EASIER TO PERSUADE CONGRESS TO LIFT RESTRICTIONS ON AID TO 
PAKISTAN IMPOSED YEARS AGO BECAUSE OF ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM. BUT 
CLINTON NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER SANDY BERGER SAYS PAKISTAN IS 
NOT  LOOKING FOR ANY REWARD:

                     ///BERGER ACTUALITY///

         IT HAS  NOT  BEEN MY SENSE HERE THAT THE PAKS 
         (PAKISTANIS) HAVE PUT A PRICE TAG ON  NOT  TESTING. THIS
         IS GOING TO BE DECISION BASED UPON THEIR OWN JUDGMENT OF
         THEIR NATIONAL INTEREST.  I HOPE THEY WILL DECIDE IT IS 
         THEIR NATIONAL INTEREST AS WE HEAD TO THE FUTURE TO BE 
         PART OF THE TIDE OF HISTORY THAT IS GIVING UP NUCLEAR 
         TESTING.

                          ///END ACT///

IN HIS SATURDAY RADIO ADDRESS, PRESIDENT CLINTON SAID INDIA'S 
NEIGHBORS CAN SET AN EXAMPLE OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORLD BY 
NOT YIELDING TO THE PRESSURE TO TEST. (SIGNED)

NEB/DAG/JO

16-May-98 1:25 PM EDT (1725 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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