News



DATE=5/28/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232933
TITLE=PAK NUKE / EURO REACT (L-ONLY)  
BYLINE= ANDRE DE NESNERA
DATELINE= LONDON
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  VIRTUALLY EVERY EUROPEAN LEADER HAS CONDEMNED PAKISTAN 
FOR DETONATING FIVE NUCLEAR DEVICES.  V-O-A'S ANDRE DE NESNERA 
LOOKS AT EUROPEAN REACTION TO THE BLASTS IN THIS REPORT FROM 
LONDON.

TEXT:   A SPOKESMAN FOR THE FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY SAID FRANCE 
DEPLORES AND CONDEMNS PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR TESTS WHICH RUN COUNTER 
TO WORLD EFFORTS TO PREVENT PROLIFERATION AND TESTING. 

GERMAN FOREIGN MINISTER KLAUS KINKEL SAID PEACE AND STABILITY IN 
SOUTHERN ASIA CAN BE ACHIEVED ONLY THROUGH DIALOGUE,  NOT  
THROUGH A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE.  MR. KINKEL SAID BY CARRYING OUT 
THOSE TESTS, PAKISTAN HAD IGNORED APPEALS FOR RESTRAINT FROM 
AROUND THE WORLD FOLLOWING INDIAN NUCLEAR DETONATIONS EARLIER 
THIS MONTH.

IN MOSCOW, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY EXPRESSED
DISAPPOINTMENT AT THE EXPLOSIONS.

SPEAKING IN LUXEMBOURG, BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY ROBIN COOK SAID
NUCLEAR TESTS BY BOTH PAKISTAN AND INDIA UNDERLINE BRITAIN'S 
GRAVE CONCERN ABOUT THE INCREASED RISK OF NUCLEAR AND MISSILE 
PROLIFERATION IN SOUTH ASIA.

                       ///  COOK ACT  ///

         IT IS NOW CLEAR THAT IN STARTING THE TEST PROGRAMS, 
         INDIA HAS  NOT  INCREASED ITS SECURITY BUT HAS ONLY 
         INCREASED TENSION WITHIN THE REGION AND HAS THEREBY 
         REDUCED THE SECURITY OF INDIA AND OF EVERY OTHER COUNTRY
         OF THE REGION.  IT IS NOW EVEN MORE URGENT THAN BEFORE 
         THAT BOTH INDIA AND PAKISTAN SIGN UP UNCONDITIONALLY TO 
         THE NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY AND TO THE COMPREHENSIVE 
         TEST BAN TREATY -- AND ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS ON A 
         GLOBAL TREATY TO STOP THE PRODUCTION OF FISSILE MATERIAL
         FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

                       ///   END ACT  ///

MR. COOK CALLED ON PAKISTAN AND INDIA TO REFRAIN FROM OTHER TESTS
AND URGED THEM TO RESUME DIALOGUE TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSES OF 
THE TENSION BETWEEN THEM.

FOR ITS PART, THE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP "GREENPEACE" SAID IT WAS 
DISAPPOINTED BUT  NOT  SURPRISED AT THE NEWS OF PAKISTAN'S 
NUCLEAR TESTS.  (SIGNED)

NEB/ADEN/JWH

28-May-98 12:49 PM EDT (1649 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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