News



DATE=5/30/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-233063
TITLE=PAK NUKES (L)
BYLINE=MEREDITH BUEL
DATELINE=ISLAMABAD
CONTENT=
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INTRO: PAKISTAN SAYS IT HAS CONDUCTED ONE MORE NUCLEAR TEST 
DESPITE INTERNATIONAL PLEAS TO STOP FURTHER NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS. 
AS V-O-A ISLAMABAD CORRESPONDENT MEREDITH BUEL REPORTS -- 
PAKISTAN IS CALLING ON INDIA TO BEGIN NEGOTIATIONS TO EASE 
TENSIONS IN SOUTH ASIA.

TEXT:  PAKISTAN SAYS IT DETONATED ONE MORE NUCLEAR DEVICE 
SATURDAY.

THE LATEST EXPLOSION FOLLOWS THURSDAY'S FIVE NUCLEAR BLASTS WHICH
MATCHED INDIA'S TESTS EARLIER THIS MONTH.

EARLIER SATURDAY STATE RUN RADIO AND THE COUNTRY'S OFFICIAL NEWS 
WIRE ANNOUNCED TWO TESTS HAD TAKEN PLACE.

HOWEVER, FOREIGN SECRETARY SHAMSHAD AHMED CLARIFIED THE 
SITUATION.

                         // AHMED ACT //

         AFTER SUCCESSFULLY CONDUCTING FIVE NUCLEAR TESTS ON 28TH
         MAY 1998 PAKISTAN COMPLETED THE CURRENT SERIES BY 
         ANOTHER NUCLEAR TEST TODAY. LET ME CLARIFY HERE THAT 
         THERE WAS ONLY ONE TEST CONDUCTED TODAY. ALL THE TESTS 
         CONDUCTED WERE FULLY CONTAINED. THERE WAS NO RELEASE OF 
         RADIOACTIVITY.  

                         // END ACT // 

ALTHOUGH THE FOREIGN SECRETARY SAYS SATURDAY'S EXPLOSION 
COMPLETES THE CURRENT ROUND OF TESTS HE DID NOT ANNOUNCE A 
MORATORIUM ON TESTING.

MR. AHMED SAYS PAKISTAN'S SIX NUCLEAR TESTS ARE AN "EXPRESSION OF
SELF-DEFENSE."

                         // AHMED ACT //

         IN RESTORING THIS STRATEGIC BALANCE PAKISTAN HAS GIVEN 
         ONLY A  BARE MINIMUM RESPONSE.  IT IS NOT OUR INTENTION 
         TO ENTER INTO AN ARMS RACE.

                          // END ACT //

THE FOREIGN SECRETARY CALLED ON INDIA TO ENTER NEGOTIATIONS WITH 
PAKISTAN TO TRY TO EASE TENSIONS IN THE REGION.

                         // AHMED ACT //

         WE ARE PREPARED TO ENTER INTO DISCUSSIONS WITH INDIA FOR
         TAKING ALL STEPS THAT ARE NECESSARY TO INSURE MUTUAL 
         RESTRAINT AND EQUITABLE MEASURES FOR NUCLEAR 
         STABILIZATION IN OUR REGION.  WE HAVE ALREADY STATED AT 
         THE HIGHEST LEVEL THAT PAKISTAN HAS NOT -- AND WILL NOT 
         -- TRANSFER SENSITIVE TECHNOLOGIES TO OTHER STATES OR 
         ENTITIES.  

                          // END ACT //

MR. AHMED DECLINED TO DISCUSS SPECIFICS OF PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR 
TESTS OR COMPARE THEM WITH INDIA'S TESTS. HE DID SAY PAKISTAN'S 
MEDIUM-RANGE MISSILES HAVE NOT BEEN ARMED WITH NUCLEAR WARHEADS.

IN THE PORT CITY OF KARACHI, STREET DEMONSTRATIONS WERE HELD TO 
CELEBRATE PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR TESTS.

THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN LAHORE GAVE PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ 
SHARIF A LARGE WELCOME WHEN HE RETURNED TO HIS NATIVE PUNJAB 
PROVINCE.

BUT THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAS WIDELY CONDEMNED PAKISTAN AND
INDIA'S TESTS SAYING THEY COULD LEAD TO A DANGEROUS NUCLEAR 
WEAPONS RACE IN SOUTH ASIA.   (SIGNED)

NEB/MB/TMD/JO

30-May-98 1:15 PM EDT (1715 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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