Just The Facts

May 14, 1998

Clinton/Gore Turn Blind Eye to India Nuclear Testing

Indian Leaders Up Front About Nuclear Intentions:

April 20, 1996: "In fact, my government will exercise the option to induct nuclear weapons as a deterrent."

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Agence France Presse

June 14, 1996: "India must manufacture nuclear weapons for its security as a deterrent."

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Press Trust of India

December 11, 1997: "We are for developing a nuclear deterrent. This is needed. For some odd reason the (outgoing government) headed by Prime Minister Inder Kumar Gujral gave up this option."

BJP Party President Lal Krishna Advani, Deutsche Presse-Agentur

January 14, 1998: "Our argument is that given the security environment, we have no option but to go nuclear."

Brijesh Mishra, the covenor of the BJP’s foreign policy cell, The Hindu

February 19, 1998: "Though we believe in a nuclear weapon-free world, but reject any notion of nuclear apartheid. We will take all steps and not be dictated by anybody in this regard."

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, The Statesman (India)

March 18, 1998: "To ensure the security, territorial integrity and unity of India we will take all necessary steps and exercise the option to induct nuclear weapons."

BJP’s National Agenda for Governance

But When Given the Chance to Say Something, Remained Silent:

March 22, 1998: "The U.S. President, Mr. Bill Clinton, during his telephonic conversation with the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on Friday did not raise the issue of the BJP-led coalition’s decision to keep India’s nuclear option open. ‘The President in his conversation with the new Indian Prime Minister did not have an opportunity to go in depth at any issues like that,’ Mr. Mike McCurry, told newsmen when asked whether Mr. Clinton discussed with Mr. Vajpayee the ruling front’s stand on the nuclear issue. Mr. McCurry, however, said, ‘but in stressing the utility of a strategic dialogue with India, issues of that nature … could be well within the framework of the kind of dialogue we would wish to have with the government of India.’"

The Hindu

Who Needs Intelligence When You Have Newspapers?

May 13, 1998: "If you just read the newspapers printed in New Delhi in English for the last year, nothing that happened in the last three days would surprise you in the least. You would have expected it."

Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, ABC News


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