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DATE=11/25/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=PAKISTAN - NUCLEAR (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-256529 BYLINE=AYAZ GUL DATELINE=ISLAMABAD CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Pakistan's military government says it wants a minimum nuclear deterrent, but will upgrade its capability in keeping with neighboring India's build up of its nuclear arsenal. Ayaz Gul reports from Islamabad on the statement made by the country's Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar at a seminar in the Pakistani capital Thursday. TEXT: Foreign Minster Abdul Sattar says Pakistan will not engage in any nuclear arms race with India but it will preserve and upgrade its capabilities. //Sattar Act// Minimum nuclear deterrence will remain the guiding principle of our nuclear strategy. Although the minimum cannot be quantified in static numbers. That will depend on the Indian build-up. If India goes ahead with its (nuclear) program that will necessitate review and reassessment by Pakistan also. In order to ensure the survivability and credibility of the deterrent, Pakistan will have to maintain, preserve and upgrade its capability. //End Act// Mr. Sattar also says Pakistan will not sign the Comprehensive (Nuclear) Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) unless there is a consensus among the Pakistani people, who appear to oppose it. //Sattar Act Two// On a policy issue as important as CTBT, domestic consensus is obviously a prerequisite. Our (Pakistan's) position remains categorical: if India conducts another nuclear explosion before the CTBT enters into force, nothing in or outside the treaty can foreclose Pakistan's right to do the same, whether it has signed the treaty or not. //End Act// India is yet to sign the nuclear test ban treaty and is giving no indication that it intends to abandon nuclear weapons. India and Pakistan carried out underground nuclear tests last year, prompting fears of a nuclear arms race between the rival nations, who have fought three wars. Relations between the two countries remain tense over the disputed Kashmir region. India controls two- thirds of Kashmir and Pakistan the rest. (SIGNED) NEB/AG/PLM 25-Nov-1999 08:10 AM EDT (25-Nov-1999 1310 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .