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01 June 1998

TEXT: STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN ON PAKISTAN'S MAY 30 NUCLEAR TEST

(The US "condemns this second round of nuclear tests")  (210)



Washington -- State Department Spokesman James Rubin said May 30 that
"The US condemns this second round of nuclear tests by Pakistan.


"This second test," Rubin said, "can only further raise tensions in
South Asia and undermine the global consensus on nonproliferation. We
are very disappointed that Pakistan continues to ignore the calls to
exercise restraint that were made by the international community after
its first tests."


Following is the State Department text:



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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of Press Relations



May 30, 1998



STATEMENT BY JAMES P. RUBIN, SPOKESMAN



Pakistan:   Second Nuclear Test



The US condemns this second round of nuclear tests by Pakistan. This
second test can only further raise tensions in South Asia and
undermine the global consensus on nonproliferation. We are very
disappointed that Pakistan continues to ignore the calls to exercise
restraint that were made by the international community after its
first tests.


We again urge both Pakistan and India to cease and desist from any
further nuclear or missile tests, or any other provocative action or
rhetoric. This action by Pakistan will further set back our continuing
efforts to defuse tensions and halt the spiraling cycle of provocative
action.


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