News



DATE=5/17/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232362
TITLE=CLINTON/PAKISTAN (L)
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=BIRMINGHAM
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  PRESIDENT CLINTON SAYS HE IS STILL HOPEFUL PAKISTAN CAN 
BE PERSUADED NOT TO CONDUCT ITS OWN NUCLEAR TEST IN RESPONSE TO 
INDIA'S TEST SERIES.  MR. CLINTON SPOKE AT THE CLOSE OF THE 
EIGHT-COUNTRY SUMMIT IN BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, WHERE THE 
SOUTH-ASIAN ARMS RACE WAS A KEY ISSUE.  CORRESPONDENT DAVID 
GOLLUST HAS DETAILS.

TEXT:  DESPITE A SWIRL OF SPECULATION THAT PAKISTAN IS PREPARING 
A TEST, PRESIDENT CLINTON SAYS HE REMAINS HOPEFUL THE GOVERNMENT 
OF PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF WILL HEED U-S AND OTHER APPEALS 
FOR FOR RESTRAINT. 

IN A TALK WITH REPORTERS AFTER A MEETING WITH RUSSIAN PRESIDENT 
BORIS YELTSIN, MR. CLINTON SAID THERE ARE WAYS THE INTERNATIONAL 
COMMUNITY CAN HELP PAKISTAN MEET ITS SECURITY NEEDS WITHOUT 
TESTING NUCLEAR WEAPONS.  HE SAID PAKISTAN STANDS TO BENEFIT 
IMMEASURABLY IF IT DOES RESIST THE PRESSURE TO TEST:

                    /// CLINTON ACTUALITY ///

         I THINK THAT OVER THE LONG RUN, AND INDEED BEFORE THEN, 
         THE POLITICAL, THE ECONOMIC, AND THE SECURITY INTERESTS 
         OF PAKISTAN -- AND PAKISTAN'S STANDING IN THE WORLD -- 
         WOULD BE DRAMATICALLY INCREASED IF THEY WALKED AWAY FROM
         A TEST.  THE WHOLE REST OF THE WORLD WOULD THINK THEY 
         WERE STRONGER AND WOULD BE PROFOUNDLY IMPRESSED.

                         /// END ACT ///

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE STROBE TALBOTT, JUST BACK FROM A 
MISSION TO ISLAMABAD TO URGE RESTRAINT, TOLD REPORTERS PRIME 
MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF AND OTHER PAKISTANI LEADERS PROMISED TO 
TAKE MR. CLINTON'S ARGUMENTS INTO ACCOUNT, BUT MADE NO COMMITMENT
NOT TO TEST:

                    /// TALBOTT ACTUALITY ///

         THE SENSE WE HAD THROUGHOUT OUT OUR MEETINGS WAS THAT 
         THE PEOPLE WITH WHOM WE MET WERE WRESTLING WITH WHAT FOR
         THEM WAS -- AND NO DOUBTS CONTINUES TO BE -- AN 
         EXTREMELY DIFFICULT AND VEXING DILEMMA.  IN REPORTING TO
         SECRETARY ALBRIGHT FROM THE PLANE ENROUTE HERE AND TO 
         THE  PRESIDENT THIS MORNING, I SAID THAT I COULD NOT 
         PREDICT WHAT THEY WOULD DO.  BUT IS WAS VERY CLEAR THAT 
         IS WAS A HARD DECISION. 

                         /// END ACT ///

THE ADMINISTRATION HAS DANGLED POSSIBLE CONCESSIONS TO PAKISTAN, 
INCLUDING  RESOLUTION OF A LONG-RUNNING DISPUTE OVER FIGHTER JETS
PAKISTAN PAID FOR, BUT NEVER RECEIVED BECAUSE OF U-S 
NON-PROLIFERATION LAW.  BUT MR. TALBOTT SAID PAKISTAN HAD NO 
"WISH LIST" (REQUESTS) FOR THE WHITE HOUSE AND SAW THE ISSUE IN 
MORE FUNDAMENTAL AND SOPHISTICATED WAYS.

PRESIDENT CLINTON SERVED NOTICE EARLIER IF PAKISTAN DID TEST A 
WEAPON, THE ADMINISTRATION WOULD HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO IMPOSE THE
SAME FAR-REACHING SANCTIONS INDIA FACES.   (SIGNED)

NEB/DAG/RAE

17-May-98 11:55 AM EDT (1555 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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