The text of the prime minister's announcement:  

                  ''I have an important announcement to make: 

                  "Today, at 1545 hours, India conducted three underground nuclear tests in 
                  the Pokhran range. The tests conducted today were with a fission device, 
                  a low yield device and a thermonuclear device. The measured yields are in 
                  line with expected values. Measurements have also confirmed that there 
                  was no release of radioactivity into the atmosphere. These were contained 
                  explosions like the experiment conducted in May 1974. I warmly 
                  congratulate the scientists and engineers who have carried out these 
                  successful tests.'' 

May 11, 1998
New Delhi