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DATE=5/16/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232339
TITLE=RUSSIA / PAKISTAN (S&L)
BYLINE=DAVID MCGUFFIN
DATELINE=MOSCOW
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  AS SPECULATION GROWS THAT PAKISTAN WILL FOLLOW INDIA'S 
LEAD AND TEST NUCLEAR DEVICES OF ITS OWN, PAKISTAN'S AMBASSADOR 
TO RUSSIA SAYS HIS COUNTRY WOULD CONSIDER JOINING A BAN ON 
NUCLEAR TESTS -- BUT ONLY IF INDIA DISARMS ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  
DAVID MCGUFFIN REPORTS FROM MOSCOW.

TEXT:  AMBASSADOR MONSOOR ALAM SAYS PAKISTAN GOES ALONG WITH THE 
OBJECTIVES OF NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION, BUT BEFORE HIS COUNTRY 
SIGNS ANY BINDING AGREEMENT, INDIA MUST FIRST OPEN ALL OF ITS 
NUCLEAR FACILITIES TO INSPECTORS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC 
ENERGY AGENCY AND CARRY OUT NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT UNDER THE WATCH 
OF INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS.

INDIA IS  NOT  LIKELY TO GO ALONG WITH ANY DISARMAMENT PROPOSAL 
FROM PAKISTAN.  BUT THE FACT THAT IT WAS OFFERED IS SEEN AS AN 
INDICATION THAT PAKISTAN IS  NOT  GOING TO RUSH INTO NUCLEAR 
TESTS TO MATCH THOSE CARRIED OUT EARLIER THIS WEEK BY INDIA. 

AT THE G-EIGHT SUMMIT IN ENGLAND, RUSSIAN PRESIDENT BORIS YELTSIN
AGAIN EXPRESSED RUSSIA'S DISPLEASURE WITH INDIA'S TESTS, BUT HE 
RULED OUT JOINING THE UNITED STATES IN IMPOSING ECONOMIC 
SANCTIONS AGAINST INDIA.

                          //REST OPT//

RUSSIA HAS JOINED IN WORLDWIDE PRESSURE ON PAKISTAN TO REFRAIN 
FROM NUCLEAR TESTS.  ITS FOREIGN MINISTRY HAS INSTRUCTED ITS 
AMBASSADOR IN ISLAMABAD TO TRY TO PERSUADE THE PAKISTAN 
GOVERNMENT AGAINST TESTS.

BUT OBSERVERS POINT OUT THAT RUSSIA'S DIPLOMATIC EFFORTS ARE 
UNDERMINED BY ITS LONG HISTORY AS INDIA'S TOP MILITARY ARMS 
SUPPLIER.  RUSSIA IS ALSO INTERESTED IN SELLING INDIA NUCLEAR 
REACTORS.

RELATIONS HAVE BEEN STRAINED FOR MANY YEARS BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND 
INDIA.  THE TWO COUNTRIES HAVE FOUGHT THREE SEPARATE WARS SINCE 
GAINING THEIR INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN IN 1947.  (SIGNED)

NEB/DMC/DW/JO

 



16-May-98 10:33 AM EDT (1433 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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