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01 June 1998

TEXT: CLINTON STATEMENT MAY 30 ON FURTHER TESTING BY PAKISTAN

(President condemns second round of tests by Pakistan)  (280)



Washington -- President Clinton condemned the "second round of nuclear
tests by Pakistan" May 30.


In a statement released by the White House over the weekend, Clinton
said "These tests can only serve to increase tensions in an already
volatile region. With their recent tests, Pakistan and India are
contributing to a self-defeating cycle of escalation that does not add
to the security of either country.


"Both India and Pakistan need to renounce further nuclear and missile
testing immediately," Clinton said, "and take decisive steps to
reverse this dangerous arms race."


Following is the White House text:



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THE WHITE HOUSE



Office of the Press Secretary



May 30, 1998



STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT



Further Testing by Pakistan



The United States condemns today's second round of nuclear tests by
Pakistan. These tests can only serve to increase tensions in an
already volatile region. With their recent tests, Pakistan and India
are contributing to a self-defeating cycle of escalation that does not
add to the security of either country. Both India and Pakistan need to
renounce further nuclear and missile testing immediately and take
decisive steps to reverse this dangerous arms race.


I will continue to work with leaders throughout the international
community to reduce tensions in South Asia, to preserve the global
consensus on nonproliferation.


I call on India and Pakistan to resume their direct dialogue, to sign
the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty immediately and without conditions
to reverse the arms race there, and to join the clear international
consensus in support of nonproliferation.


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