NBC "Today" interview with Naresh Chandra, India's ambassador to the United States
Friday, May 14, 1998

Matt Lauer: An end to the exporting of defense and technology material; an end to all military financing; an end to all U.S. credit guarantees-, and forbidding U.S. banks from extending credit to India except to purchase food. So these tests have proved quite costly. Was it worth it?

Ambassador Chandra: You see, the two considerations are different. When it comes to national security consideration, a goverm-nent has to do what it has got to do.... I think 'in some of the areas, it might be possible to have some substitute or to enter into dialogue with the government of the United States and see how the implementation of these sanctions can be more refined.

Q Why was it so important, Mr. Ambassador, for your country to conduct th se nuclear tests at this particular time?

1-k. well, it's somewhat more obvious to people who are aware of what is going on in our neighborhood. Many ... have opined that we are living in a tough neighborhood. And we can't be oblivious of what is going on.

Q So when Pakistan tested its missiles recently, you felt that that was a provocation of sorts that required a response from India?

A: Well, it's a more long-term perspective than that.... We have been watching certain long-term trends in the military relationship which seem to be flourishing, despite advice from very major powers.