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DATE=5/28/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232948
TITLE=RUSSIA / PAKISTAN TESTS (S-ONLY)
BYLINE=MICHELE KELEMEN
DATELINE=MOSCOW
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  RUSSIA SAYS IT WILL WORK WITH THE UNITED STATES TO 
PREVENT A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE IN SOUTH ASIA, IN THE WAKE OF NUCLEAR
TESTS IN PAKISTAN AND EARLIER TESTS IN INDIA.  PRESIDENT BORIS 
YELTSIN AND PRESIDENT CLINTON DISCUSSED THE ISSUE DURING A 
TELEPHONE CONVERSATION THURSDAY.  V-O-A'S MICHELE KELEMEN HAS 
MORE.

TEXT:  THE KREMLIN SAYS THE TWO LEADERS AGREED TO WORK TOGETHER 
BOTH BILATERALLY AND IN THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL TO 
AVERT MORE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES.  THEY DESCRIBED THE NUCLEAR 
COMPETITION BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN AS A SERIOUS THREAT TO 
WORLD STABILITY. 

RUSSIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY HAS EXPRESSED DEEP CONCERN AND URGED 
INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO IMMEDIATELY SIGN THE GLOBAL NUCLEAR 
NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY.

MEANWHILE, COMMUNIST PARTY LEADER GENNADY ZYUGANOV SAID 
PAKISTAN'S RESPONSE WAS UNDERSTANDABLE.  HE ADDS NOW THAT THERE 
IS NO LONGER A BI-POLAR WORLD DOMINATED BY THE UNITED STATES AND 
THE SOVIET UNION; OTHER COUNTRIES MAY ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO, IN 
HIS WORDS, "DEMONSTRATE THEIR ABILITIES." (SIGNED)

NEB/MK/LTD/KL

28-May-98 3:52 PM EDT (1952 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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