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DATE=4/11/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-247905 TITLE=PAK / INDIA REACT (L) BYLINE=SCOTT ANGER DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: INDIA'S TEST FLIGHT SUNDAY OF A NUCLEAR-CAPABLE MISSILE HAS RAISED CONCERNS THAT RIVAL NEIGHBOR PAKISTAN, MAY CONDUCT A SIMILAR TEST IN RESPONSE. CORRESPONDENT SCOTT ANGER REPORTS FROM THE PAKISTANI CAPITAL. TEXT: PAKISTAN SAYS IT WILL DECIDE WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS HOW IT WILL RESPOND TO INDIA'S SUCCESSFUL TEST FIRING OF ITS "AGNI-TWO" MISSILE. ISLAMABAD HAS MAINTAINED THAT IF NEW DELHI CONDUCTED ANY MISSILE TESTS -- IT TOO WOULD HAVE TO TEST ITS UPGRADED MISSILE -- WHICH IS CAPABLE OF CARRYING A NUCLEAR WARHEAD AS WELL. PAKISTAN HAS ALREADY SUCCESSFULLY TESTED THE "GHAURI" MISSILE, WHICH HAS A RANGE OF 15-HUNDRED KILOMETERS. PAKISTAN'S FOREIGN MINISTER SARTAJ AZIZ SAYS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AGNI-TWO MISSILE THREATENS SECURITY IN THE REGION. /// AZIZ ACT /// THIS TEST INTRODUCES A NEW WEAPON SYSTEM IN THE SUB-CONTINENT, WHICH IS NATURALLY A MATTER OF CONCERN FOR US. WE HAD PROPOSED A RESTRAINT REGIME TO INDIA WHEN WE HAD MET IN OCTOBER AND THEN LATER ON IN LAHORE. THIS IS NOT IN LINE WITH THAT RESTRAINT REGIME. /// END ACT /// INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVE HELD A SERIES OF TALKS AIMED AT DIFFUSING TENSIONS IN THE REGION, AFTER BOTH CONDUCTED BACK-TO-BACK NUCLEAR TESTS LAST MAY. INDIAN'S HIGH COMMISSIONER IN PAKISTAN, PARTHA SARTHI, SAYS INDIA GAVE ADVANCE NOTICE ABOUT THE MISSILE TEST IN ACCORDANCE WITH RECENT AGREEMENTS REACHED BETWEEN THE RIVAL NATIONS. /// SARTHI ACT /// WE HAVE INTIMATED THIS IN ADVANCE, IT IS COMPLETELY TRANSPARENT WITH NO SURPRISES. I WOULD LIKE TO STRESS THIS IS ENTIRELY KEEPING WITH THE LETTER AND SPIRIT OF THE DOCUMENTS SIGNED IN LAHORE (LAHORE DECLARATION). I WOULD LIKE TO STRESS IN DISCUSSIONS WE ARE HAVING WITH THE PAKISTANI GOVERNMENT, WE LOOK FORWARD TO CARRYING THE PROCESS FORWARD. /// END ACT /// LAST FEBRUARY, INDIAN PRIME MINISTER ATAL BEHARI VAJPAYEE MADE A HISTORIC TRIP TO LAHORE TO MEET WITH PAKISTANI PRIME MINISTER NAWAZ SHARIF TO DISCUSS REGIONAL STABILITY. DURING THE MEETINGS, THE TWO AGREED TO WARN EACH OTHER BEFORE CONDUCTING ANY MISSILE TESTS. INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVE FOUGHT THREE WARS IN THE PAST 50-YEARS -- MOST RECENTLY IN 1971. (SIGNED) NEB/SA/RAE 11-Apr-99 9:30 AM EDT (1330 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .