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DATE=5/30/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-233055
TITLE=INDIA REACT (L-UPDATE)
BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE
DATELINE=NEW DELHI
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  SENIOR INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE  NOT  SURPRISED BY A
SECOND NUCLEAR TEST IN PAKISTAN.   V-O-A'S JIM TEEPLE REPORTS 
INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER ON SATURDAY INDICATED HE IS WILLING TO 
CONSIDER MAKING A SELF-IMPOSED MORATORIUM ON NUCLEAR TESTING 
BINDING. 

TEXT:  RESPONDING TO WRITTEN QUESTIONS SUBMITTED BY THE 
ASSOCIATED PRESS ON SATURDAY, INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER ATAL BIHARI 
VAJPAYEE SAID INDIA WAS, IN EFFECT, ALREADY COMPLYING WITH THE 
NUCLEAR TEST BAN TREATY BY ITS SELF-IMPOSED MORATORIUM ON 
TESTING.  THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT PUT THE MORATORIUM INTO EFFECT 
TWO WEEKS AGO AFTER EXPLODING FIVE NUCLEAR DEVICES.

MR. VAJPAYEE ALSO INDICATED HE WAS WILLING TO CONSIDER MAKING THE
MORATORIUM ON TESTING PERMANENT.   

MEANWHILE, SENIOR INDIAN OFFICIALS SAID THEY HAVE BEEN CLOSELY 
MONITORING PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND THEY WERE  NOT  
SURPRISED BY A SECOND TEST ON SATURDAY.   

ECHOING STATEMENTS MADE BY INDIA'S PRIME MINISTER, K.C. SINGH A 
SPOKESMAN FOR INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY, SAID WHAT THE INDIAN 
GOVERNMENT WOULD LIKE IS A "NO-FIRST USE" AGREEMENT ON NUCLEAR 
WEAPONS WITH PAKISTAN AND OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE REGION.   

                  //  INSERT SINGH ACTUALITY //

         THERE IS A NEED FOR A "NO-FIRST USE"  AGREEMENT WITH 
         PAKISTAN AND THERE IS ALSO A NECESSITY FOR PEACE AND 
         SECURITY IN THE AREA. 

                      //  END ACTUALITY //

INDIAN OFFICIALS SAID THEY WOULD NOT CONDEMN THE MOST RECENT 
PAKISTANI TEST BECAUSE, AS THEY PUT IT, INDIA RECOGNIZES 
PAKISTAN'S SECURITY CONCERNS IN THE REGION.  (SIGNED) 

NEB/JLT/JO 

30-May-98 10:34 AM EDT (1434 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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