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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1998
Briefer: JAMES P. RUBIN

PAKISTAN
16Update on Contacts re Nuclear Test / Delegation Visit to US / Discussions With Chinese



U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
DAILY PRESS BRIEFING
DPB # 63
THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1998, 12:45 P.M.
(ON THE RECORD UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

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QUESTION: Is there continuing conversation with the Pakistanis or is it sort of like they-haven't-tested-any-bombs-today-so-we-are-thankful kind of a situation?

MR. RUBIN: We're thankful they haven't tested any bombs today; we continue to work with the Pakistani Government and other governments to try to discourage them from testing nuclear weapons. The dates of a visit to Washington by a delegation headed by the chairman of their Foreign Relations Committee has not been decided. We do understand they will seek to meet with senior State Department officials, and we look forward to this further opportunity for consultations with Pakistan about its security concerns following India's nuclear test.

With regard to Pakistan's discussions with the Chinese, we have no details on exactly what was discussed there. But I can say that the Secretary, as a result of her telephone contact with the Chinese Foreign Minister and letters that have been exchanged, believes that the Chinese share our concerns about the situation in South Asia and have condemned India's test, and would like to avoid a spiraling competition in nuclear arms on the subcontinent.

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