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DATE=5/30/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-233077
TITLE=U-N / PAKISTAN NUCLEAR (L)
BYLINE=MAX RUSTON
DATELINE=UNITED NATIONS
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  AT THE UNITED NATIONS, SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN AND 
THE SECURITY HAVE DENOUNCED PAKISTAN'S LATEST NUCLEAR TEST.      
V-O-A'S MAX RUSTON REPORTS FROM OUR UNITED NATIONS BUREAU.

TEXT:  THE SECURITY COUNCIL HELD A SPECIAL SESSION SATURDAY TO 
DISCUSS PAKISTAN'S MOST RECENT TEST.  AFTER AN HOUR-LONG MEETING,
COUNCIL PRESIDENT NJUGUNA MAHUGU OF KENYA SAID THE COUNCIL DEEPLY
DEPLORED THE TEST AND IS ACTIVELY CONSIDERING A DRAFT RESOLUTION 
ON THE ISSUE.

                       /// MAHUGU ACT ///

         THE COUNCIL EXPRESSED ITS INCREASED CONCERN AT THE RISK 
         OF A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE ESCALATING IN SOUTH ASIA AND 
         URGED INDIA AND PAKISTAN TO ACCEDE TO THE COMPREHENSIVE 
         NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY WITHOUT CONDITIONS.  THE COUNCIL
         ALSO CALLED ON THE GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTAN TO ISSUE A 
         PUBLIC DECLARATION ANNOUNCING A MORATORIUM ON FUTURE 
         TESTS AND EXPERIMENTATION ON DELIVERY SYSTEMS.

                         /// END ACT ///

MR. MAHUGU SAID THE RESOLUTION NOW BEING CONSIDERED BY THE 
COUNCIL WOULD GO BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE ISSUE OF TESTS AND LOOK AT 
THE OVERALL QUESTION OF REGIONAL STABILITY AND SECURITY IN SOUTH 
ASIA.  HE DID NOT PROVIDE FURTHER DETAILS OR ANY INDICATION IF 
THE COUNCIL PLANS PUNITIVE MEASURES TOWARDS COUNTRIES THAT CARRY 
OUT TESTS IN THE FUTURE.

FOREIGN MINISTERS FROM THE FIVE PERMANENT MEMBER NATIONS OF THE 
SECURITY COUNCIL PLAN TO MEET NEXT WEEK TO FURTHER DISCUSS 
TENSION IN SOUTH ASIA.  NO CONCRETE STEPS FROM THE COUNCIL ARE 
EXPECTED UNTIL AFTER THAT MEETING HAS TAKEN PLACE.

U-N SECRETARY-GENERAL KOFI ANNAN ALSO DENOUNCED PAKISTAN'S TEST 
ON SATURDAY.  IN AN UNUSUALLY STRONG STATEMENT, MR. ANNAN 
DESCRIBED THE TEST AS A SENSELESS ESCALATION OF TENSION THAT 
COULD LEAD TO A NUCLEAR ARMS RACE WITH INCALCULABLE CONSEQUENCES.
 HE URGED THE LEADERS OF PAKISTAN AND INDIA TO SHOW RESTRAINT AND
AGREE TO A MORATORIUM ON FUTURE TESTS.  (SIGNED)

NEB/UN/MPR/SD

30-May-98 5:44 PM EDT (2144 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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