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DATE=5/28/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232938
TITLE=CONGRESS - PAKISTAN (L-ONLY)
BYLINE=DAVID SWAN
DATELINE=CAPITOL HILL
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR TESTS HAVE TOUCHED OFF A WORRIED 
REACTION IN THE U-S CONGRESS, WITH MEMBERS OF BOTH PARTIES  
CALLING FOR AN URGENT WORLDWIDE EFFORT TO COOL TENSIONS.  V-O-A'S
DAVID SWAN REPORTS FROM CAPITOL HILL.

TEXT:  EVEN BEFORE THE BLASTS, MOST U-S AID TO PAKISTAN WAS 
BARRED BY A 1990 LAW.  REPUBLICAN SENATOR SAM BROWNBACK PROPOSED 
LIFTING THE BAN TO HELP PERSUADE ISLAMABAD NOT TO TEST.  NOW, HE 
SAYS LAWMAKERS ARE LIKELY TO CONSIDER NEW SANCTIONS INSTEAD, 
BEYOND THOSE ANNOUNCED BY THE WHITE HOUSE.  MR. BROWNBACK SAYS 
THE WORLD COMMUNITY MUST LEAN HARD ON INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO KEEP 
THE CRISIS FROM ESCALATING FURTHER, ESPECIALLY IN INDIAN KASHMIR.

                       // BROWNBACK ACT //

         THE WORLD IS A FAR MORE DANGEROUS PLACE TODAY THAN IT 
         WAS JUST A MONTH AGO.  YOU HAVE STRONG NATIONALISTIC 
         SENTIMENTS RUNNING VERY DEEP AND VERY HOT RIGHT NOW IN 
         BOTH INDIA AND PAKISTAN. WE HAVE TO BE FAR MORE 
         AGGRESSIVELY ENGAGED.

                          // END ACT //

SENATOR BROWNBACK BLAMES THE CLINTON ADMINISTRATION FOR NOT DOING
ENOUGH TO STOP THE SOUTH ASIAN ARMS RACE.  DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN
LEE HAMILTON DISPUTES THAT ASSESSMENT BUT CALLS THE EXPLOSIONS A 
SETBACK FOR THE WORLD.

                       // HAMILTON ACT //

         A FEW WEEKS AGO WE URGED NO TESTING. THAT'S ALREADY BEEN
         DONE.  YOU CAN'T GO BACK.  BUT NOW WE HAVE TO TRY TO CAP
         THE ARMS RACE AT A HIGHER LEVEL.

                          // END ACT //

MR. HAMILTON SAYS WASHINGTON HAS VERY STRONG ARGUMENTS ON ITS 
SIDE.  HE ALSO CONCEDES IT ALSO HAS LITTLE CONTROL OVER THE TWO 
RIVAL STATES. (SIGNED)

NEB/DS/TMD/JO

28-May-98 1:40 PM EDT (1740 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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