News



DATE=5/28/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-232912
TITLE=U-S REACT / PAKISTAN (S)
BYLINE=DAVID GOLLUST
DATELINE=WHITE HOUSE
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  U-S OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE INDEPENDENT CONFIRMATION OF 
THE PAKISTANI NUCLEAR TESTS, AND THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON IS 
DISAPPOINTED AND VERY CONCERNED ABOUT PAKISTAN'S ACTIONS.  
V-O-A'S DAVID GOLLUST REPORTS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE.

TEXT:  OFFICIALS HERE SAY THE TESTS OCCURRED DESPITE A MIDNIGHT 
WASHINGTON TIME TELEPHONE CALL BY PRESIDENT CLINTON TO PAKISTANI 
PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF IMPLORING HIM  NOT  TO PROCEED. 

SPOKESMAN MIKE MCCURRY SAID MR. CLINTON IS DISAPPOINTED THAT HIS 
PLEAS AND THOSE OF OTHER WORLD LEADERS FOR PAKISTAN TO EXERCISE 
RESTRAINT IN THE FACE OF INDIA'S NUCLEAR TESTS WERE  NOT  
PERSUASIVE.

AT THE SAME TIME, HE SAID THE PRESIDENT UNDERSTANDS THE 
DIFFICULTY PAKISTAN'S GOVERNMENT FACES AND HAS GREAT PERSONAL 
RESPECT FOR MR. SHARIF. 

MR. MCCURRY SAID UNDER U-S NON-PROLIFERATION LAW, THE 
ADMINISTRATION WILL MOVE AHEAD IMMEDIATELY WITH THE SAME SWEEPING
ECONOMIC SANCTIONS IT IMPOSED UPON INDIA AND -- THE SPOKESMAN 
SAID -- THERE WILL BE REAL CONSEQUENCES. (SIGNED)

NEB/DAG/MMK

28-May-98 9:21 AM EDT (1321 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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