News



DATE=5/30/98
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
NUMBER=2-233053
TITLE=PAK BLAST / INDIA REACT (S-UPDATE)
BYLINE=JIM TEEPLE
DATELINE=NEW DELHI
CONTENT=
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INTRO:  SENIOR INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE  NOT  SURPRISED BY A
SECOND ROUND OF NUCLEAR TESTS IN PAKISTAN.  V-O-A'S JIM TEEPLE 
REPORTS INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE  NO  PLANS TO CHANGE THEIR
SELF-IMPOSED MORATORIUM ON NUCLEAR TESTING PUT IN PLACE AFTER 
INDIA CONDUCTED FIVE NUCLEAR TESTS OF ITS OWN EARLIER THIS MONTH.

TEXT:   INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE CLOSELY MONITORED 
PAKISTAN'S NUCLEAR PROGRAM AND THEY ARE NOT SURPRISED AND NOT 
ALARMED BY A SECOND ROUND OF TESTS.  

K-C SINGH A SPOKESMAN FOR INDIA'S FOREIGN MINISTRY SAYS WHAT THE 
INDIAN GOVERNMENT WOULD LIKE IS A "NO-FIRST USE" AGREEMENT ON 
NUCLEAR WEAPONS WITH PAKISTAN. 

                  // 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 SAY THEY HAVE  NO  PLANS TO START A NEW ROUND OF
NUCLEAR TESTS THEMSELVES SAYING THEY WILL STICK TO THEIR 
SELF-IMPOSED MORATORIUM PUT INTO EFFECT MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AGO. 
THOSE SAME OFFICIALS ALSO SAY THEY WILL  NOT  CONDEMN THE MOST 
RECENT PAKISTANI TESTS BECAUSE INDIA RECOGNIZES PAKISTAN'S 
SECURITY CONCERNS IN THE REGION. (SIGNED) 

NEB/JLT/TMD/JO

30-May-98 9:35 AM EDT (1335 UTC)
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Source: Voice of America
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