News



DATE=5/30/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-233066
TITLE=PAK / WORLD REACT (L-ONLY)
BYLINE=BARRY WOOD
DATELINE=WASHINGTON
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  THERE IS A CHORUS OF NEGATIVE REACTION WORLD WIDE TO NEWS
THAT PAKISTAN CONDUCTED A SECOND ROUND OF NUCLEAR TESTS ON 
SATURDAY. V-O-A'S BARRY WOOD HAS THIS SUMMARY OF WORLD REACTION.

TEXT:   HERE IN WASHINGTON PRESIDENT CLINTON DEPLORED WHAT HE 
CALLED THE SELF-DEFEATING CYCLE OF ESCALATION THAT INCREASES 
TENSION IN ALL OF SOUTH ASIA.  MR. CLINTON SAID THE PAKISTANI AND
EARLIER INDIAN TESTS DO NOT ADD TO THE SECURITY OF EITHER 
COUNTRY.  THE STATE DEPARTMENT URGED BOTH PAKISTAN AND INDIA TO 
RENOUNCE ANY FUTURE NUCLEAR TESTS.

IN LONDON, THE FOREIGN OFFICE ANNOUNCED THAT FOREIGN MINISTERS 
FROM THE WORLD'S EIGHT ECONOMIC SUMMIT COUNTRIES WILL MEET JUNE 
12TH TO COORDINATE AN APPROACH TO NUCLEAR TESTS. THE EIGHT 
COUNTRIES INCLUDE RUSSIA, THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN, CANADA AND 
FOUR WEST EUROPEAN NATIONS.  IN MOSCOW, RICHARD GEPHARDT, THE 
MINORITY LEADER IN THE U-S SENATE, SAID RECENT TESTS PROVE THAT 
THE THREAT OF UNILATERAL U-S SANCTIONS IS  NOT  A SUFFICIENT 
DETERRENT. HE SAID HIS PRINCIPAL CONCERN IS THE TRANSFER OF 
NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY TO IRAN.

IN SOUTH AFRICA THE GOVERNMENT EXPRESSED GRAVE DISAPPOINTMENT 
WITH THE PAKISTAN TESTS AND SAID WORLD SECURITY IS BASED ON 
NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT--NOT NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION. 

IN NEW DELHI SENIOR INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE  NOT  SURPRISED
BY THE SECOND ROUND OF PAKISTAN TESTS AND WOULD NOT CONDEMN THEM 
BECAUSE INDIA RECOGNIZES PAKISTAN'S SECURITY CONCERNS IN THE 
REGION. 

INDIA TOUCHED OFF THE ESCALATION OF TENSION WHEN IT TESTED 
NUCLEAR WEAPONS EARLIER THIS MONTH. IN ISLAMABAD THE PAKISTAN 
AUTHORITIES CONFIRMED THE SATURDAY TEST BUT THERE WAS NO MENTION 
OF A MORATORIUM ON FUTURE TESTS. (SIGNED)

NEB/BDW  



30-May-98 1:39 PM EDT (1739 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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